Are You Letting Yourself Be Manipulated By Animal Activisits

News

Animal activists have turned the plea of sick and injured animals into big business.

19 June 2017
Tags: peta, animal activists

Loro Parque Becomes First Facility in Europe to Achieve Humane Certification for Care of Its Animals

News

Certification earned from worldwide American Humane Conservation program for zoos and aquariums.

16 May 2017
Tags: animal care, humane certification

James Borrell: Eight reasons why zoos are good for conservation

News

The shooting of a gorilla earlier this year reignited the debate about whether animals should be kept in captivity, but we must remember the essential work that good zoos do

10 February 2017
Tags: conservation
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A new hope for the Blue-throated Macaw

News

The discovery of a new roosting site for Blue-throated Macaw Ara glaucogularis coupled with an innovative and successful programme geared towards promoting the use of artificial feathers in ceremonial headdresses, gives renewed hope for the survival of this charismatic parrot.

18 January 2017
Tags: Animal love
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Tilikum vs j34 a tale of two killer whale

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The Southern Resident Killer Whales are dying. It is happening now, it is happening quickly, and it is happening before our eyes.

09 January 2017
Tags: Animal love
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Dr. Grey Stafford: The Last Generation of Killer Whales at SeaWorld

News

Last week, we discussed advancements in animal training with Dr. Grey Stafford. In this interview, I asked Dr. Stafford about SeaWorld’s decision to end the Orca breeding program.

02 January 2017
Tags: interview
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Six Reasons Why Most Mammals Live Longer In Zoos Than In The Wild

Press Release

Zoos are often the best hope or even last hope for the survival of a species, especially if they are threatened or endangered.

9 December 2016
Tags: Modern zoo
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Dahr Jamail - Without Major Interventions, the Orcas Days Are Numbered

Press Release

No one is certain of the total number of orcas (otherwise known as "killer whales") that exist in the wild. However, estimates are now around 100,000, and populations are dwindling.

1 December 2016
Tags: Animal love
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Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink

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Conservationists say the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project poses the greatest risk yet to a killer whale population on the edge of extinction On one shore there are snow-capped mountains. On the other side loom towering skyscrapers.

23 November 2016
Tags: Modern zoo
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Letter to the Editor: San Antonio Zoo Response

News

My name is Tim Morrow, and I’m the CEO of the San Antonio Zoo. You may be asking yourself why the San Antonio Zoo is submitting an article to The University Star. Well, the reasons are important and species survival is at stake. To allow misinformation to go unchecked is not only dangerous, but would be irresponsible to our planet and to the mission of the San Antonio Zoo and all other accredited zoos and aquariums...

9 November 2016
Tags: Modern zoo
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The campaign of lies from PETA attacking against Loro Parque unmasked

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A few days ago, PETA’s Vegan blog published an article about dolphin Annessa, with the aim of convincing people that they should support Morgan’s release....

24 October 2016
Tags: Peta, dolphin anessa
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Zoophobia: an alternate reality

News

Unfortunately, today we live in an age of ignorance and the misrepresentation of science by animal rights groups. Additionally, this has been propelled by the media, social media, and now by business owners. The latest announcement regarding unlikely partnerships is not the first time a company has been guided by public opinion. Unfortunately we are living in an alternate reality where public opinion matters more than science, so much that an era of zoophobia has begun...

21 October 2016
Tags: modern zoo, zoo nation
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The famous chimpanzee researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall recognizes the role of modern zoos as important conservation tools

News

Famed conservationist Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), UN Messenger of Peace, and Mongabay.com advisory board member visited Hawai’i last month for the World Conservation Congress, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s latest global gathering. She and her team kept a busy schedule as usual, giving press conferences and speaking about topics ranging from new conservation techniques to wildlife trafficking (she and her team travel an average of 300 days a year appearing at events, visiting school groups, and more)...

10 October 2016
Tags: Modern zoo
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Spirtle The Dolphin Was Spotted Speeding To Recovery

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Scotland isn’t exactly the first place a person thinks of when worrying about getting a sunburn. However, a dolphin affectionately known as “Spirtle” has proved that sunburns can happen anywhere and on any animal. And we’re talking about a really bad sunburn...

1 October 2016
Tags: Spirtle, dolphin
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Two Dudes Broke Into An Aquarium And Freed A Penguin Named Buddy

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On certain Wednesday mornings, we must contend with questions. Which is better: the new or the old? Risk or acceptance? A life of comfortable confinement—or true freedom, and its attendant dangers? This morning, all of South Africa is grappling with these issues after two men broke into an aquarium and stole a penguin named Buddy. The pair entered Bayworld in Port Elizabeth around 3 AM on Wednesday the 21st, the Herald Live reported last week. Surveillance video shows them climbing into the penguin enclosure, taking a few selfies, bundling Buddy up in a shirt, and hightailing it out of there in a getaway car. When zookeepers realized Buddy was missing, they assumed he was the victim of a drunken prank—like Dirk the Fairy Penguin, stolen from an Australian zoo by British tourists back in 2012. Seabird curator Cherie Lawrence warned the thieves that Buddy “only eats pilchards” and vitamin supplements, making him a high-maintenance houseguest. But when the perpetrators came forward yesterday, they revealed a different motivation—they just wanted Buddy to be free. After busting him out of Bayworld, they released him into the Indian Ocean, via a nearby beach. “The individuals stated that they did not agree with the penguins being kept in captivity and that their intention was to capture and then release a penguin back into the wild,” Bayworld said in a statement, after they were contacted by the men’s lawyer. But Bayworld counters that Buddy lacks real-world survival skills, and had built a happy life at their facility. He had a mate, Francis, and two new baby chicks, one of which died after his father left. Volunteers have spent the past couple of days searching for Buddy, who has a microchip embedded in his flipper and an unforgettable face. It’s possible that he will be returned to Bayworld a jaded penguin, grizzled by the open sea. In the meantime, let’s hope he’s enjoying his freedom, and eating more than just pilchards.

30 October 2016
Tags: Penguin
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Baby sandbar sharks born in Loro Parque are healthy and strong as they turn 5 months old

Press Release

Loro Parque is happy to celebrate the perfect health and size of the sandbar sharks, which were born in March this year in the aquarium of the Best Zoo in Europe and second in the world, according to TripAdvisor. Abel, Airam, Lian and Juan, healthy and strong, have successfully turned five months of age – the most delicate and risky period for their species. These baby sharks have passed their first blood test after which a more specific and complete diet is created by their keepers. Even so, the baby sharks begin to make preference for hake and squid while they find themselves in a habitat perfectly adapted to their needs including in recreating a natural light during the day and a dim moonlight at night. Even the temperature of the water is maintained at a certain level based on the season of the year. These four baby sandbar sharks, just like the other representatives of their species, are true ambassadors for the protection of their own species in the oceans and the seas. These animals are in an elevated risk due the damaging human activities. As is known, the continued exploitation of the natural resources puts at risk many species of animals, among them sharks that are now facing extinction after having habituated our planet for over 400 million years. Every year more than 100 million sharks are caught and killed at sea. According to the data from World Health Organization (WHO), each year about 600.000 tons of sharks are thrown away as a useless product. Currently, 11 species already appear on the International Red List of Endangered Species, among them the sandbar shark. Therefore, Loro Parque together with Loro Parque Fundación puts forth the efforts to raise awareness about the importance of the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources and conservation of the biodiversity among more than million visitors that come to Loro Parque every year.

22 August 2016
Tags: baby shark, protection, conservation of species
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Loro Parque celebrates the arrival of new members in the family of otters at a renovated exhibition

Press Release

The family of Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinereus) of Loro Parque return to their former area after a number of improvements in a renewed space that recreates the natural habitat of these carnivores mammals to the last detail. The renovation labours, which have lasted about three weeks, consisted of the placement of the pool and the renewal of the filtration and water quality control system. During this time, the park was fortunate to attend the birth of four baby otters, so the Zoo is happy to receive these new inhabitants that will be enjoying this renovated exhibition with all the amenities. With this new arrival of the baby otters, the family has increased to nine specimens. The Asian small-clawed otter is a mammal that has small claws and a bright brown fur with a lighter colour in the bottom; the fur is short and waterproof. For their part, this Asian otter species has shorter claws than other species, and differ due to their less webbed paws - although they demonstrate great abilities using them. They are capable of closing their nostrils and ears to prevent water from entering when they are submerged. The best zoological park in Europe and ?2 in the world, according to TripAdvisor, demonstrates once again the definition of a modern zoo as a true embassy of wild animals.

23 August 2016
Tags: , animal embassy, conservation, breeding otters
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Nordic scientists test the first non-invasive tagging on cetaceans in Loro Parque

Press Release

Loro Parque strengthens its commitment to research by hosting the first non-invasive tagging test on cetaceans by placing an innovative belt at the end Keto’s tail. This pioneering study, conducted today in OrcaOcean by Icelandic and Danish scientists, consists in confirming the viability of the device and verifying that it does not create any disturbance on animals’ skin. The final goal of this procedure is to mark humpback whales in the wild. Methodically, the concept features a belt placed at the animal’s tail that includes a number of sensors to measure basic parametres. This will provide data for further studies on geolocation, feeding behaviours and vertical movements of the animal and many other aspects. Furthermore, these innovative “tagging” will be capturing and processing unique oceanographic data. This data will then be used to evaluate certain issues related to climate change and the main objective of the effort is to set up a network of sensors using humpback whales in different locations around the world. This unique tool will allow learning more about both their biology and obtain information about the climate on a global scale. The results of the test performed on the orca Keto have been satisfying: it has not caused any problem on animal’s skin and it has been ascertained that it does not affect the movement of the animal – the innovative material of the belt is flexible, impermeable and does not create friction. As the success of the test in Loro Parque has been confirmed, the scientists will perform the tagging of two humpback whales in Iceland, whose collected information will be used to know more about the migration processes of these cetaceans. Dr. Javier Almunia, Deputy Director of Loro Parque Fundación, and Rafael Sánchez, Head Trainer of OrcaOcean, viewed positively the initial viability of a non-invasive marking system in comparison to the traditional tagging, in which harpoons are used that cause discomfort and potential injuries to the animal. Without this kind of tests, it would not be possible to determine that the design is appropriate for use. Therefore, it has been noted that Loro Parque’s orcas contribute to scientific research and to data gathering that benefit cetaceans in the wild, performing a role of ambassadors of their species in the nature.

11 August 2016
Tags: scientific research, research projects
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Loro Parque fulfils the dream of German paratriathlete Markus

Press Release

This week, Loro Parque welcomed the German paratriathlete Markus Häusling, a renowned sportsman in his country who has a professional sporting career full of successes. Some recognitions stand out among his award, as the Silver Medal in Middle Distance during the European Championship 2014 and the ninth position in the World Championship 2013. One of his dreams –attending Rio 2016 Olympic Games– crumbled due to the worsening of his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Loro Parque decided to make his dream of visiting the zoo come true by bearing all the travelling expenses. Hotel Maritim also made possible the arrival of Häusling by taking charge of the accommodation during the sojourn in Puerto de la Cruz – the hotel, one of city’s landmarks, is located a few metres from the park and offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the route with his family in the park, he was able to discover first-hand some of the most amazing exhibitions: the incredible habitat of the Red Pandas, the impressive Aquarium or the recently renovated Planet Penguin penguinarium – one of the most innovative and modern worldwide, where these animals live in company of other species such as puffins. The sportsman also enjoyed the interesting presentation of the orcas that live in OrcaOcean, not to mention the dolphins, which delight visitors for their intelligence, and sea lions, which always surprise the whole family. Häusling’s visit was a memorable encounter in Loro Parque with some of the most striking species on Earth.

27 July 2016
Tags: Häusling
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Statementof Loro Parque – Response to the video of Dolphin Project about Morgan

Press release

With regard to the publication of Dolphin Project on the video platform Vimeo.com, Loro Parque declares the following: The video represents just a few minutes of images of Morgan,right after the end of a regular presentation in OrcaOcean. It is absolutely illogical and absurd to assume that the length and the quality of such video would be sufficient to make a conclusion and declaration of such nature. It order to make any correct conclusion, it is required for professional veterinarians and renowned experts in this field to work intensely for an extended period of time conducting observations, diagnostic tests, scans, etc. Having stated that, it is absolutely clear, that this declaration represents nothing more than a campaign launched by the anti-zoo activists that do not really pursue the well-being of the animals. A voluntary stranding is a natural behavior of orcas living in the wild. For example, in the region of Valdes, Argentina, there is a group of orcas that has learned to hunt the cubs of sea lion in the shallow waters near the shore. The orcas at Loro Parque are trained to leave the water on their own accord. This behavior is used for manifold purposes, for example, for presenting the animals to the public, for conducting corporal check-ups, for inspecting theirblowholes, as well as for testing hearing abilities of the orcas. On numerous occasions, when the trainer gives free time to the animals so that they could enjoy their interacting that is part of their social behavior, the animals might repeat spontaneously the jumps they have learned or leave the water or even slideacross the stage. This is a totally natural behavior which is often accompanied by dynamic games. To speculate that this represents a sign of stress demonstrates utter ignorance about the natural behavior of this species. Loro Parque would like to underline the importance of relying on scientifically proven data to make statements about the animal well-being and not rely on opinions of organizations that evidently only pursue their anti-zoo agenda.

4 de June 2016
Tags: Dolphin project, animal welfare
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Loro Parque inaugurates new aviaries and welcomes red pandas

Press Release

Loro Parque continues to strengthen its commitment to constant innovation in the conservation labours of biodiversity and awareness rising of the importance of environmental protection. To this end, on Friday afternoon, 29th April, the zoo celebrated the inauguration of the new and fascinating Aviaries of South America and the arrival of the Red Pandas, Annapurna and Posee. Over a hundred people attended the inauguration ceremony, which was attended by Carlos Alonso, president of Cabildo de Tenerife; Lope Alonso, mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, and Wolfgang Kiessling, president of Loro Parque, among other distinguished authorities. In their speeches, they emphasized the innovative design of the new installations and the pioneer technologies that were incorporated in the process, as well as the important role that Loro Parque, as a modern zoological park, plays in environmental awareness and its value in promoting the tourism in the Canary Islands. During the meeting, the authorities took part in the plantation of a very special African tulip tree specimen, a tree that, unlike most of this variety, has yellow flowers instead of the common red colour seen in the rest of trees. A new opportunity to celebrate the biodiversity of flora and fauna found in Loro Parque. The beauty of Red Pandas is reflected in the interesting names, like ‘fire fox’ or ‘walkers of the forests’, which they receive in the Asian mountains where they are originally from. Their reddish and orangey colours make our nice couple of Red Pandas one of the most beautiful and loved animals by children and adults. Red Pandas receive a particular care at their facilities: a micro-aspersion system to cool the temperature on hot days, as well as fresh food inspired by their natural environment, marked by the abundance of bamboo – its main nutrition source. A special part of the celebration of the arrival of the Red Pandas is represented by the announcement of Luis Deseda, a singer with a distinguished career and a special bond with the Canary Islands, as a “god-father” of these two beautiful females who have found their new home in Loro Parque. Furthermore, visitors will also discover an amazing landscaping in the new Aviaries: more than 130 m2 designed to detail to recreate the jungle environments found in Brazil and Mexico, two of the places where the birds in this exhibition are from. The most beautiful birds of South America are among the birds that dwell in the Aviaries. The innovative exhibition is divided in two areas: the Amazon and Mexico, where the birds can enjoy trees, waterfalls and streams. An environment fully prepared to provide the greatest welfare to the birds and protect them thanks for a special mesh surrounding the aviary. These exhibitions are a new commitment of the #1 Zoo in Europe and the second in the world to stay as an international reference for innovative and modern zoos, whose main priority is the welfare of the animals, conservation of the biodiversity and protection of the environment.

4 May 2016
Tags: Innovation, animal engagement, environmental protection, aviary, red panda
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Response to the petition of the Great Ape Project Spain (Proyecto Gran Simio España) about closing the Loro Parque orca show.

Response Letter

In recent weeks we have witnessed different requests made to Loro Parque about the orcas, from various organizations that claim to defend the rights of animals. These requests are not based on evidence but are based on assumptions about the lack of animal welfare that have never been verified. The case of the Great Ape Project Spain organization is even more embarrassing, because their accusations have been proven false on several occasions. In May 2010 D. Pedro Pozas Terrados, as Executive director of the Great Ape Project, presented to the SEPRONA headquarters in Madrid a complaint against Loro Parque for violating the Law of Zoos by keeping dolphins and orcas in captivity. In the complaint, Mr. Pozas said that Loro Parque "Infringes entirely scientific purposes of zoos and the Law of Zoos" and "the abuse, neglect or deterioration, intentional or negligent, of the animals in the zoo." After the mandatory inspection of facilities, the team of SEPRONA agents found that none of these statements was true, and that the complaint was unfounded. As a result of the lack of veracity of the complaint the Nature Protection Service of the Civil Guard did not open any proceedings arising from the complaint. However, when the legal services of Loro Parque tried to contact the Great Ape Project through a Burofax to sue for false accusation, no one received the communication. It seems that either the Great Ape Project organization does not have a registered office or the executive director accepts no official communications. Again in 2011 D. Pedro Pozas Terrados representing the Great Ape Project Spain submitted an official request to the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament for an alleged breach of the European Zoos Directive on the transfer of the orca Morgan to Loro Parque. The Great Ape Project published the full text of the petition on its website, and made a statement to the press in which it made public the serious damage that the health of Morgan would suffer by being held in Loro Parque. In May 2012 the Committee on Petitions of the Parliament ruled on the petition and informed the Great Ape Project, after consultations with experts from the European Commission, that the transfer of Morgan was verified as having been done legally and strictly following European regulations. However, the Great Ape Project never made public the Parliament's response to its request, and much less did it publicly announce that its arguments had not been considered. Meanwhile predictions of serious damage to the health of Morgan have also been proven to be totally wrong, Morgan is now fully integrated into the group of orcas in Loro Parque, her health is excellent and she weighs over 2,000 kilos. In September 2013 Great Ape Project launched a public campaign to prevent the gorilla Leon from being transferred to the zoo of Belo Horizonte in Brazil to form a family group with two females. The transfer was made on the recommendation of the head of the Endangered Species Programme of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums, within a global project that seeks to establish a population under human care that allows for the saving of the species in the future. Despite the catastrophic image that the Great Ape Project endeavored to disclose in the media about the Brazilian zoo, and report a number of potential risks involved in the transfer, the fact is that it was a success. Leon is part of a healthy family unit and in 2014 the first baby from him was born. The Great Ape Project never corrected its campaign to discredit, nor recognized its error. This brief analysis of campaigns that the Great Ape Project has made against Loro Parque in the past clearly shows that this organization moves only with a clear anti-zoo objective, and takes every opportunity to get media coverage. In each and every one of the occasions that the Great Ape Project has publicly denounced or criticized Loro Parque it has been shown that such criticisms and complaints were unfounded. Despite this, the Great Ape Project has never recognized its mistakes nor rectified its false accusations. In conclusion it would be important to reflect on some organizations like the Great Ape Project, whose sole activity is to constantly attack zoos. In the last 22 years, thanks to the work of a zoo internationally recognized for its quality such as Loro Parque, has been possible to invest more than 16 million dollars in the conservation of endangered species on our planet. The most important success of this work was to save two parrot species from being critically endangered, and to help many others to increase their small populations and not disappear forever. What are the achievements of the Great Ape Project Spain in the conservation of biodiversity? How much money has it invested in the conservation of the most endangered species? How many species have been saved? The terrible paradox is that not only has it not helped to preserve nature, but it aims to destroy those who save species from extinction. How then can they call themselves animal lovers?

26 April 2016
Tags: proyecto gran simio, morgan
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Loro Parque Fundación confirms the serious danger of extinction of the vinaceous-breasted parrot

Press Release

The delicate state of conservation of the vinaceous-breasted parrot is the sad conclusion of a study conducted in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay with the primary support of Loro Parque Fundación. This result comes after the monitoring labour done by field experts, who counted 3.133 individuals, who estimate that the wild parrot population does not exceed 3.950 individuals amongst the three countries – an extremely low figure. This species has a close relationship with Araucaria forests, which are currently degraded, reduced and fragmented, which is the main cause of the decline of the population of this parrot species. Loro Parque Fundación (LPF) supports various actions for the conservation of this endangered species in Brazil, in collaboration with Amigos do Meio Ambiente (AMA) association, as well as in Paraguay with BirdLife International’s partner in the country, Guyra Paraguay. It is important to monitor populations to improve conservations actions; in 2015, LPF supported a complete census of this species in its three countries of origin. The next aim for Loro Parque Fundación in this labour is to reduce the pressure of human activities affecting the natural habitat of this bird. Thus, an on-site programme will be developed in direct contact with landowners, associations and schools. The foundation also has included the vinaceous-breasted parrot in their breeding programme, allowing all the people passionate by nature to appreciate this delicate species at Loro Parque’s facilities. With this action, Loro Parque reinforces its constant commitment to the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Research and education are fundamental in the development of successful species preservation projects – as observed in the more than 120 international programmes that the foundation has conducted since its creation in 1994, with an investment of USD 16,000,000 to date.

18 April 2016
Tags: vinaceous-breasted parrot, conservation
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Loro Parque’s Press Release

Press Release

Our love for the animals and the concern for their future and well-being require that we are very cautious about giving out opinions. Even so, with respect to the press release issued by SeaWorld on 17th March 2016, Loro Parque declares the following: 1) Since the orcas are not the property of Loro Parque, we have to respect the decision made by SeaWorld. 2) Presently, both the Spanish Administration and European Community Administration require that a zoological park presents a breeding plan as one of the mandatory components for the introduction of any species into a zoological park, considering reproduction as an inherent right of all the animals. Therefore, it is one of the principal functions and obligations of the zoological park to ensure that the right to reproduction is respected and well-being is properly ensured. 3) Taking that into consideration, we understand that permanent prevention of the reproduction of wild animals under human care is an action that goes against the very cycle of life and well-being of the animals. 4) At the same time, we would like to emphasize that the objective of our presentation of the animals has, for a long time, been profoundly educative, and from now on, we will be incorporating the changes following the guidelines that SeaWorld will be establishing in the United States. 5) Loro Parque will never adopt any decision that would contradict the principles of well-being or jeopardize the conditions in which the group of orcas finds themselves in its facilities. Any decision will always be implemented in full compliance with the European Community legislation and with the knowledge and concurrence from the competent authorities. We will continue with our commitment to education, research and conservation, as it is the obligation of a modern zoo.

17 March 2016
Tags: Animal love, animal welfare, Seaworld
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Loro Parque, the best Zoo in Europe and second in the World, according to Trip Advisor, welcomes newly born sharks

Press Release

Today, 10th March 2016, very early in the morning, the Aquarium of the best Zoo in Europe welcomed seven baby Sandbar sharks. After a gestation period of 12 months, the female of the Sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) “Gara” gave birth to seven perfectly healthy pups. Sandbar sharks can live up to 45 years and will reproduce once every two years. These animals are viviparous, so the babies are born already completely developed and every female can give birth from 7 to 10 pups. Very few aquariums in the world have been able to achieve successful reproduction of this species, which gives Loro Parque even more reason to celebrate the arrival of these youngsters. These seven baby sharks are perfect ambassadors of their kind, living in the oceans of the world. They should inspire us, the people, to think about changing our attitude towards the destruction and contamination of our natural resources. If we don’t treat our environment with more respect, sharks, which have been on earth for more than 400 million years will soon face inevitable extinction. Currently, there are 11 shark species on the Red List of endangered species and every year 100 MILLION of them die due to human exploitation.

13 March 2016
Tags: Aquarium, breeding sharks, modern zoo, gray shark
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Loro Parque Fundación ships nine Lear’s macaws to Brazil, a historic repatriation of this species

Pressrelease

Loro Parque Fundación has recently achieved a new international success in its conservation and protection labour in nature. This week nine specimens of Lear’s macaw, born and raised in Tenerife, were shipped to its native Brazil to reunite with their companions. It is the most significant repatriation ever made to Brazil of these critically endangered macaws thanks to Loro Parque Fundación’s breeding centre after ten years participating in an international programme for their preservation. On February 24th, specimens will be welcomed by “Foz de Iguaçu” birds’ park’s technical manager, Dr. Yara Barros, accompanied by Juan Villalba-Macías, coordinator of Bioparque M’Boricuá and also a member of Loro Parque Fundación. This initiative started in 2006 due to a request from the Government of Brazil to Loro Parque to bring its expertise in breeding and conservation of this species. Loro Parque Fundación was chosen for this mission due to its other notable successes in other rearing projects, in particular, with Spix’ macaws. In 2001, this species became extinct in nature and it survives in captivity thanks to the conservation programme initiated in 1990, in which Loro Parque Fundación had a key role, successfully breeding this species and contributing with USD 726.000 to the programme in Brazil. Responding to the request, Loro Parque Fundación received four Lear’s macaw specimens from the Brazilian Government in 2006 and, during the next decade, the foundation was able to breed 36 hatchlings. This marks the highest breeding rate for this species worldwide. Furthermore, Loro Parque Fundación supports local awareness-raising actions among communities of this bird’s natural habitat, having invested in this conservation project USD 387.000. Loro Parque Fundación’s significant participation in this international project has allowed for this species’ population growth in nature, counting 1.200 Lear’s macaws compared to 242 specimens registered in 2001. This success has been acknowledged by International Union for Conservation of Nature who saw it fit to make a decision to lower this species’ threat level from critically endangered to endangered. Regarding Spix’ macaws, Loro Parque Fundación first returned, in 1997, all specimens’ ownership in its facilities to the Brazilian Government. Finally, in 2002, the foundation shipped all specimens at its disposal to Brazil, thus allowing the organisations like Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources or Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation of Biodiversity to take advantage of Loro Parque’s expertise in “blue macaws” breeding to reintroduce this species in its natural environment. Since 1994, this foundation has centred its work in protecting the environment through international projects. Only in South America, Loro Parque Fundación participates in 58 projects, having invested up till now USD 6.409.005. Pillars of its activity are based on rescue, conservation and investigation, as well as carrying out education campaigns to raise awareness about menaces that threaten biodiversity

24 February 2016
Tags: Conservation, protection, Lear’s macaw, Loro Parque Fundación