Giant pandas (better known as panda bears) are – possibly - the most famous members of the family of animals in Asia. At Madrid Zoo Aquarium they are a true icon: the panda bear pagoda is one of the places the visitors most admire. They symbolise the struggle for animal conservation, after centuries of persecution, hunting and abuse of animals and the environment by humans. Although it is not the only Asian species in the park. Steppes, semi-arid and humid regions make up the Asian landscape, which is characterised by its distinct habitats and ecosystems. Exotic animals such as theyak –native to Tibet, large mammals (Asian elephants, Indian rhinoceros) and wonderful primates (orangutans, lar gibbons) are some of the examples that can be admired in the Casa de Campo park.
The animals in Asia are very well represented at Madrid Zoo. In facilities such as the tiger enclosure (with species like the magnificent Bengal Tiger) or the bear enclosure, which shows two types of bear: the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) and the Asian black bear. The Malayan tapir, the beautiful red panda and the enigmatic Père David’s deer are other Asian species that form part of the Zoo.