Loro Parque, Best Zoo in the World According to TripAdvisor

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A prestigious travel portal TripAdvisor has recognized Loro Parque through their annual Travellers’ Choice 2017 as the BEST ZOOLOGICAL PARK IN THE WORLD, an award that is based on the independent evaluations of the users of this worldwide platform.

This award is yet another acknowledgement of Loro Parque’s efforts in the matters of conservation of biodiversity and raising awareness about the protection of the natural habitats of the wildlife on the planet. Having been chosen as the Number 1 Zoo in the World, it is a true recognition to Loro Parque for its commitment to animal welfare and joins the series of several other recent certifications received by the park. Thus, earlier this year Loro Parque received a HumaneCertified certificate from the renowned animal welfare organization American Humane that was conceded to Loro Parque for its humane treatment of the animals, converting it into the first zoo in Europe to have obtained this standard, with the highest rating. Furthermore, Loro Parque confirmed its full compliance with the Global Welfare Standards of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) after being inspected by the auditors of Global Spirit and obtaining the highest possible rating of 100%. Among the members of ABTA are present the leaders of the tourism industry, such as Thomas Cook or TUI UK.

Loro Parque’s recognition by the users of Trip Advisor as the best in the world in animal welfare, considering the role of a modern zoo in the society, could not be fully grasped without the knowledge about its research and conservation program carried out since 1994 through the Loro Parque Fundación. Thanks to the support of Loro Parque, its partners, visitors, friends and collaborators, more than 17 million dollars have been directly invested for the development of conservation programs both in situ and ex situ, following the commitment ‘100% for Nature’.

Among many significant successes, including important achievements in the marine environment, Loro Parque Fundación’s work has made possible the salvation of nine species of parrots from their imminent extinction. This is the case, to give some examples, of the Blue-throated macaw, original of Beni, Bolivia, whose population has increased from 50 to 350 individuals with the project. Another good example that occurred in the same timeline is the evolution of Lear’s Macaw, whose population has increased from 22 to over 1.200 individuals, as well as the Yellow-eared parrot from Colombia, whose numbers have increased to over 4.000 individuals in present days, thanks to the efforts of the project to save the palm tree habituated by these parrots. In 1999, before Loro Parque Fundación started this project, there were only 82 individuals of this species left in the wild.

The results of the coordinated efforts between Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundación, in their continuous commitment to innovation, are very clearly represented in the newest project KAZA, which is aimed at protecting the cross-border areas of five African countries. The goal is to ensure the conservation of the African lion, a highly endangered species whose numbers have decreased in the last 50 years from 100.000 to less than 25.000 (over 75%). Most recent arrival of three Angola lions to Loro Parque’s Lion’s Kingdom allows them to perform an important role as the ambassadors of their species and help raising awareness about the urgent need to protect the natural habitats, as well as to give the scientists an opportunity to learn and gather more information about their features and needs.

Almost 45 years after Loro Parque first opened its doors, with just 13.000 square metres and 30 employees; the company now obtains the successful results of its entrepreneurial policy that consists in reinvesting all profits into the continuous development and improvement of the park and ensuring the best animal welfare. More than 47 million visitors have visited Loro Parque in all these years, as it stays true to its firm commitment to demonstrate the beauty of the biodiversity in all its installations, paying attention to every detail, nowadays over the area of 135.000 square metres.

Taking into consideration that every year more than 700 millon people visit zoological parks worldwide, Trip Advisor’s recognition demonstrates, once again, that Loro Parque offers an unforgettable experience to its visitors who come from different parts of the world to discover for themselves this authentic Animal Embassy. This Award comes as a reinforcement to the most recent recognition of Siam Park, which was created following the same entrepreneurial policy for continual development, innovation and excellence, as the Best Water Park in the world for the fourth consecutive year.

More information: https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cZoos

Paz Vega pasa el día en Loro Parque junto a su familia

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Paz Vega, an internationally known Spanish actress, has dedicated a whole day to Loro Parque while on holiday in Tenerife. Accompanied by her husband and her three children, she has toured the world’s best zoo according to TripAdvisor, and she has got to know its activities on protecting the natural habitats and raising awareness about the need for conservation of the biodiversity.

She took advantage of her visit to thank Loro Parque’s team by signing the VIP guest book, where she praised their work and assured Loro Parque is an international reference when it comes too modern and innovative zoos that put animal welfare, biodiversity conservation and environment protection first on their agenda.

Paz Vega, who raised to stardom thanks to her role as Laura on Spanish television show ‘Siete Vidas’, has won a Goya award as best stand-out actress, and has played the main role on many films and TV series, not only in Spain but also abroad.

After 14 years living in the United States, she has come back to Spain to release ‘Perdóname Señor’, a new TV series that has rapidly grown to be very popular. She is working on ‘Fugitivos’, soon to be released on Televisión Española (TVE), and on season 2 of ‘The OA’, internationally successful Brad Pitt’s production.

Paz Vega’s family finalized their visit by having lunch at Brunelli’s, considered to be one of Tenerife´s best steakhouses. It is conveniently located right in front of the Park, and they had a chance to try deliciously juicy meat cooked in an oven unique in the Canary Islands as it heats up to 800 degrees. On top of that, Brunelli’s wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean guaranteed them an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Activists Want Zoos to be an Endangered Species

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Source: http://www.highlandnews.net/news/political/activists-want-zoos-to-be-an-endangered-species/article_56e37f48-8436-11e7-8ef9-cb2e92b23414.html

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences asserts that a sixth mass extinction is underway. Primarily pointing to the extinction of several species, as well as the deterioration of animal habitats, the paper warns that habitats and animal populations are decreasing at an alarming rate. The conservation of endangered and threatened species is a critical issue. Ironically, animal activist organizations who claim the moral high ground are seeking to destroy two of the primary tools for supporting animal conservation: zoos and aquariums.

These institutions support conservation while conducting research across the globe on species ranging from primates to insects and everything in-between. The aptly named Phoenix Zoo has spent 50 years bringing back the Arabian Oryx (think, desert deer) from the brink of extinction and has reintroduced the animal to its native habitat. The National Zoo in Washington, DC did the same with the golden lion tamarin. Countless other zoos have helped with these and the survival of other endangered species. Using the best science, zoos also have an international database of their animals to assist in breeding efforts and ensure the genetic diversity of future generations of animals.

Despite these benefits, PETA and similarly positioned animal groups are threatening lawsuits under the Endangered Species Act that would spell the end of zoos and aquariums in America. Their legal claim? Keeping animals in enclosures is a form of illegal “abuse” of endangered species. They call zoos “prisons.” Nonsense. Zoos are great for the animals that live in them. A recent study from the University of Zurich shows that more than 80% of mammalian species studied have longer lives in zoos than in the wild.

Groups like PETA love to point to elephants as a case study because they have shorter lives in captivity, but animals that are generally “long-lived” take much longer to study. New strategies implemented in the last 10 years won’t show up in data until after this generation of animals has died. So as scientists have learned more about elephants and improved their lives in zoos, the results of that labor haven’t been realized yet. It also ignores the fact that the public’s exposure to elephants in zoos and circuses likely help in efforts to end the ivory trade. The research done by veterinarians and zoologists help all animals in a given species, directly refuting claims by PETA that “while confining animals to zoos keeps them alive, it does nothing to protect wild populations and their habitats.” Probably the most famous example is the decades of research on Giant Pandas. Scientists around the world brought the beloved animal from the brink of extinction on the endangered species list to the much better “vulnerable species” list.

Not only will anti-zoo efforts harm the animals themselves, which are not fit to be in the wild, but they will also destroy valuable educational experiences and local communities. Children’s physical exposure to animals—not just from books or tablets—is a key learning experience. Moreover, zoos and aquariums added nearly $20 billion to the U.S. economy from nearly 170 million visitors in 2012.

It’s important to understand that ultimately groups like PETA (or its cousin, the Humane Society of the United States) don’t want to make better zoos. They want to phase out the use of animals—whether at a zoo, on a farm, or at a circus. Some activists go so far as to question the ethics of pet ownership. Serious issues are facing animals of all stripes and in all corners of the globe. If organizations like PETA and HSUS have their way, it will be more than zoos and aquariums that go extinct. Will Coggin is the research director for the Center for Consumer Freedom in Washington, D.C.