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Oasis Park, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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Oasis Park, on the island of Fuerteventura, comprises a botanical garden with educational exhibitions, a zoological park with small and large animals, birds and reptiles and a collection of plants endemic to the island. It covers 80 hectares of land, has over 6000 plant species, and the largest collection of cacti and succulents in Europe.

The Director, Dr Stephan Scholz, is actively involved in conservation and preservation, especially of endemic species, and writing scientific papers including those on invasive species.

Large panels in English and Spanish describe plant groupings.

The plantings are excellent simply because they all look so natural.

Nicotiana glauca, an invasive species which arrived in Fuerteventura in 1890.

A group of Ferocactus cacti
Aloe vaombe
Euphorbia cooperi
Euphorbia ingens
Aloe arborescens
Stetsonia coryne with Aloe x principis in the background.
Aloe striata
Aloe dichotoma
Beaucarnea recurvata

If you are on Fuerteventura then a visit to Oasis Park is a must. I’m sure that Dr Scholz will give you a warm welcome.

Text: David Bracey
Photos: David Bracey & Dr. Stephan Scholz