The Alameda Wildlife Park began in 1994 as a collection of parrots, land tortoises and monkeys all confiscated from illegal traders who were passing through Gibraltar. The local Customs authorities handed these animals to G.O.N.H.S., (Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society), who did their best to help.
At first there were no enclosures to house them but, with help from G.O.N.H.S. volunteers and the permission of Wildlife (Gibraltar) Ltd, a number of cages were built at the Alameda Gardens.
Due to lack of space and the number of confiscated animals, the Alameda Miniature Golf course was cleared after many years of neglect and modified into a small conservation park, again entirely through volunteer help.
Although the main purpose of the Wildlife Conservation Park was to house confiscated animals, it became apparent that, if finished properly it could also be open to the public to make people aware not only about illegal animal trade but also about local wildlife conservation.
The Park became important for the care of native species that are considered for future re-introduction to the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, like for instance, the Barbary partridge, red fox or the raven.
Opening to the public also meant that income from entrance fees would all go towards the care of these animals' food, medicine and building materials for enclosures. Lack of funding has meant that most of the work on enclosures and plant beds has been carried out by a few dedicated volunteers.
In 2013, after generous funding from the Parasol Foundation (formally the Bonita Trust) and Gibraltar Government, the park re-opened to the public after extensive renovation to create immersive, natural rock work habitats and exhibits for it's animal inhabitants.
Future projects include a Local Biodiveristy Education Area, quarantine area and Indiginous species exhibit.
With help from volunteers and sponsors, we can give these animals a full interesting life and also help our local wildlife.
The AWCP has become an important educational resource for local schools, helping to raise awareness of not only the rich local biodiversity but also of wider conservation issues.
If you would like to sponsor any of our current or future projects, contact us on our Contact Page.
What we did and how we did it..
The Pig-tailed macaques (Boss & Tonta) were re-homed to Stichting AAP in the Netherlands. They are now with other Pigtailed macaques in more suitable social groups.
In 2003, after a lot of hard work by volunteers and a few staff funded by Gibraltar Government the Wildlife Park opened its gates to the first paying customers.