Temaikén has a whopping 5 sewage treatment plants that provide clean saltwater and river water at different temperatures while recycling animal waste through a non-toxic technology called Ozone. After going through the plants, waste is properly disposed of and clean water goes back to the Rio de la Plata. We have been told that the hippos need a treatment plant just for themselves!
The Veterinary Hospital collects rainwater from the roof and has big windows so people can see the animals being treated inside while they get plenty of natural light. Founded by the wife of Argentine multimillionaire Perez Companc, Temaikén is the only certified member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in South America.
The name Temaikén comes from native tribe Tehuelches, were Tem means Land and Aikén, Life. A great day out if you are around Buenos Aires and a reminding that to be able to look after nature, we have to first get to know it!
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