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Eloi Arenas

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Eloi durant la exhibició de vol.Hi, my name is Eloi and I’m the “Voice” of the Zoo of the Pyrenees. You will meet me during the free-flying-birds-of-prey show together with Stania and I’ll accompany you during the guided tour.

At the same time, I’m the responsible of

  • the wellbeing of big part of our animals.
  • the maintenance of the infrastructure of the zoo.
  • the gardening of the park.
  • building new facilities and the adaptation of new zones.

If you want to know more about me, here we go:

Vista panorámica a la Vall de Lord.

I was born in Vilafranca del Penedès. When I was 9 years old, my parents decided to quit their jobs in an industrial factory, to leave our home and to start a new life that they dreamed of – in the pure nature of the Pyrenees. That’s why we moved to a solitary country house in the beautiful valley of the “Vall de Lord”.

It was not easy for me to learn to live without current water, central heating, with limited access to electricity… but I absolutely loved the place, the forests that surrounded us, the presence of wildlife at every step, so it didn’t matter too much to me.

I made acquaintance with two old shepherds. When I was not helping my parents, I accompanied these shepherds during their daily work.

Eloi Arenas amb un ramat de les ovelles

I learned from them about herding sheep and goats, how to train a shepherd dog, which plants are good for animals and which not. But I learned as well about collecting mushrooms and truffles, how to make fire while it is raining cats and dogs or how to orientate in the nature.

Time was passing by and I grew to the age in which I longed for some company of people of my age. My parents finally gave in; we left our solitary house and moved to the village of Sant Llorenç de Morunys. My life changed substantially: I gained many friends of my age and I no more worked with animals but as a waiter, then as a baker, I worked also in a local sawmill and even in the production of ski in an international company. Time to time I helped as a shepherd as well.

Eloi Arenas escala al Codó.

In my free time I hiked with my dog Llampec and I fell in love with climbing. With time, I acquired the level VI b that enabled me to conquer twice “la Roca de Canalda” with its 250 m of height or to climb the famous cliffs of Montserrat.

But my love for animals gained over my need of a rich social life. I found a job in Roc Falcon – a local falcon-breeding farm. I learned how to take care of birds of prey and I met Stania. And from there on my life turned back to the path that I so much enjoyed when I was young: a life in a solitary country house surrounded by animals and wildlife. There is no more time anymore for me to hike or to climb, but I find great satisfaction in environmental education and in my life in the Zoo of the Pyrenees.

Eloi con águila real y niños.

I hope we see us there soon.

Yours sincerely,

Eloi Arenas

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