In April 2007 Olaf Paterok and myself took a ten-day tour to see the most important and interesting zoological collections in Portugal and to visit the new Omega Parque in the south of Portugal, which unfortunately has announced that it is to be closed very soon. During our tour we learned that we were lucky to see a number of other collections which are on the point of changing their appearance or closing. So it was the right time to do a survey and get an impression of the current situation of zoos, zoo design and wild animal husbandry in Portugal.
ELA is a museum with a small aquarium located just a short drive south of Oporto. The purpose of this institution is to give a survey about the history of man and the sea in this part of Portugal. The fish exhibited are native species from the Portuguese Atlantic coast. The highlight is a special exhibition of sea and man art made of burned soil handicraft. This new museum-aquarium was opened on 1st July 1999 and the site is right on the beach in Arcozelo. A visit costs €2.00.