Founded on December 17, 1972, Loro Parque was initially created as a paradise for parrots, and began its journey with only 25 people, 150 parrots and a space of 13,000 square meters. Since that time until today, and after a history of many challenges, Loro Parque has become one of the most respected zoological institutions in the world, both for its beauty, the excellence of its facilities and absolute respect for nature. Together with Loro Parque Fundación, it holds the largest and most diverse reserve of parrot species and subspecies in the world, becoming the leading international entity in the breeding and management of psitacids. A must visit and one of the most powerful magnets for tourists in the Canary Islands, Loro Parque has received almost 50 million visitors throughout its history. The excellence, the quality of its facilities, the love of detail and its environmental commitment have converted the park into the Best Zoo in the World, recognised as such by users of the prestigious travel portal TripAdvisor in 2017 and 2018.

The parrot show, known as the Loro Show, became the Park's greatest attraction, a pioneering show in Europe which, since its very beginning, aimed to bring nature and the intelligence of birds to the public.
The celebration of the I International Parrot Congress in 1986, attended by 600 congressmen, was one of the milestones that has marked the history of the zoo, becoming a world reference in the breeding and conservation of parrots. After 32 years, the event continues to be held successfully every four years. The ninth edition took place in 2018 and was visited by more than 850 ornithologists, biologists and expert breeders.
The Loro Parque Dolphinarium was first opened in 1987, and is a historical attraction that has allowed us to observe the evolution of these marine animals in all their magnificence. At the same time, the Park began to finance a conservation project to rescue two Amazonian species on the Caribbean island of Dominica, which established the basis for the creation of Loro Parque Fundación in 1994.
It was at this time when Loro Parque decided to go one step further and bet on scientific research with the creation of its Foundation. With animal welfare and the conservation of biodiversity as premises, the organization has become a reference in the research of parrots and cetaceans at an international level. The facilities of Loro Parque, and the conditions in which the animals live, constitute the optimal environment for certain scientific research tasks for which numerous organizations, worldwide, show interest. The main ways of work of Loro Parque Fundación are responsible breeding, environmental education, research and environmental conservation work.
The Penguinarium of Loro Parque was first opened in 1999, thanks to the hard design work carried out to achieve the perfect habitat for several species of penguin. Following Antarctic conditions as a model, the facilities ensure an ideal standard in which these species can live. In Planet Penguin, visitors can observe how these animals live, sliding through the ice structures and submerging in the icy waters of the Park.
In 2016, Loro Parque welcomed a group of orcas born under human care in second generation. Skyla, Keto, Tekoa, Kohana, Adan, Morgan and her little calf, Ula, are the orcas that today form part of the Orca Ocean family, and amaze the visitors to the Park every day with their intelligence and greatness. In each presentation, the proximity between the public and the animals makes it possible to discover their wonders and awaken a love for nature, as well as to educate and raise awareness about the need to protect them. Since the inauguration of this facility, orcas have been the protagonists of numerous studies and scientific projects that increase knowledge about the species and contribute to its conservation and well-being.
After 46 years of intense work and continuous growth, Loro Parque achieved the prestigious the 'Travellers' Choice' award for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018, which places it as the best zoo in the world. Independent ratings from users of the TripAdvisor travel portal have resulted in an award that recognizes the wide range of species exhibits, as well as their important work in raising awareness, education and scientific research. With almost 50 million visitors who have toured its facilities since it opened in 1972, Loro Parque receives this award in acknowledgment of 46 years dedicated to the protection and conservation of nature.