Versele-Laga and Loro Parque Fundación enhance cooperation

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Versele-Laga and Loro Parque Fundación have agreed to extend and enhance their cooperation. That was announced during the International Parrot Convention in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. More than 16 years ago, they joined forces, with a shared vision of nature conservation as starting point. Meanwhile, the connection between the non-profit association and the manufacturer of premium bird food is stronger than ever.

The Loro Parque Fundación cooperates with the famed Loro Parque animal and parrot wildlife park on Tenerife. The park houses the world’s largest parrot and parakeet collection and was recently voted the best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor. They both have as mission to protect the animals and their natural habitat and to preserve it for future generations, in order to bring people closer to nature again.

In 2002, Versele-Laga and Loro Parque Fundación found eachother thanks to that shared vision of nature conservation. Through this partnership, the Loro Parque Fundación is able to rely on the needed financial resources to carry out its mission of actively helping to preserve endangered parrot species. This is expressed, for example, in educational programmes, sponsorship of various research projects and an own breeding station “La Vera”.

The knowledge in terms of nutrition gained during these projects, is brought to the open market through the Prestige Premium mixtures of Versele-Laga. In this way, every bird lover can enjoy the developped expertise in terms of nutrition and support the Loro Parque Fundación at the same time. Thanks to this foundation, nine parrot species have already been saved from extinction, while for many other species the population in the wild has improved.

After 16 years of constructive cooperation, the connection between Loro Parque Fundación and Versele-Laga is stronger than ever. In the build-up to the ninth edition of the International Parrot Convention, it was also decided that the cooperation will be extended and furter developped in terms of nutritional studies, knowledge exchange and developments. This will result in an even beter protection and preservation of these unique birds.

Loro Parque awards the Gorilla Prize 2017 to Rosemary Low

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The great hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife bore witness yesterday afternoon, Wednesday September 26, to the presentation of the prestigious Gorilla Award 2017 to Rosemary Low, a passionate defender of parrots who has dedicated her life to these birds through breeding and conservation.  This year celebrates the fifteenth edition of this award, which emphasises environmental responsibility, addressing strategies and actions to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of resources.

The event, which was held within the framework of the IX International Parrot Congress organised every four years by the Loro Parque Foundation, welcomed more than a thousand guests.  Numerous authorities, civil, military, consular and private sector representatives accompanied the hundreds of congress attendees, of more than 40 nationalities, who are visiting the island this week attracted by this world famous convention.

Wolfgang Kiessling, President of the Loro Parque Company, wanted to highlight the work of Rosemary Low, who for years was a Bird Curator at the Parque, and who has dedicated her entire life to the breeding and conservation of parrot species.  Her principles and values, Kiessling emphasised, are the same that move Loro Parque, prioritising the protection of nature at a time when the human population is growing exponentially and, consequently, the resources and habitats of wild animals become more limited and are in worse conditions.

For her part, Rosemary Low highlighted Loro Parque Foundation’s conservation achievements in a speech that recalled her first visit, in 1984, and her more than 30 years of relationship with a Parque to which she has a special affection.  “It has been a privilege to be involved with Loro Parque and the Foundation for so long,” she said.

About Rosemary Low:

Rosemary Low is a prolific writer, and her numerous articles and books have been translated into many languages.  She was the first to publish a book on parrot conservation.  This book, called Endangered Parrots, was first published in 1984, and a revised version was published in 1994.  She is currently working on a more complete version that will bear the name Parrot Conservation: A view across four Decades.

Rosemary has visited 29 countries, many in South America, to observe parrots in the wild.  There she has been involved in conservation projects, about which she has written extensively and for which she has been invited to numerous conferences in Europe, Australia, the USA and Brazil.  She is a tireless fighter for parrot conservation.

Since she raised money for the Imperial Amazon during the first International Parrot Congress in 1986, she has been involved in numerous parrot conservation projects for which she raises funds.

She has owned parrots since 1958 and tends to say “We are privileged to be able to enjoy these sensitive, impressive, beautiful and intelligent creatures”.  We can share these feelings of hers in her most recent book Understanding Parrots – Cues from Nature.

Her long experience and profound knowledge have made her an icon in the field of parrot breeding.

An update on the newborn calf of the orca Morgan

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Nothing matters more to us than the health and wellbeing of the animals in our care. As we updated earlier this week, a team of veterinarians and external consultants has been monitoring the progress of Morgan and her calf around the clock since birth.

The primary focus during these crucial first days has been ensuring the calf is getting all the nourishment it needs. While natural breastfeeding is always the preferred option, Morgan’s milk production has been below what is needed in these first few days. Therefore, the veterinary team has assisted by temporarily bottle feeding the calf while giving Morgan the chance to increase her milk supply.

We are glad to say that mother and calf have now resumed natural breastfeeding and the experts are pleased with the strong bond the pair have developed. With the help of our state-of-the-art facilities and assistance from world-leading experts, the team continues to closely observe the situation to ensure that Morgan and her baby establish a good, healthy and natural feeding routine. However, we are, of course, ready to step in to help if there is the slightest concern that the calf’s nutritional needs are not being met.

We wish to thank everyone who has been in contact with us in these past few days and have been touched by the many messages of support. We will keep you posted with all the latest information as things unfold.

Loro Parque Foundation kicks off its IX Parrot Congress

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Loro Parque Foundation’s IX International Parrot Congress of Loro Parque Fundación was presented this morning, Tuesday, September 25, at Puerto de La Cruz’s Congress Centre.  The event, unique in the world, has attracted to the island some 800 participants of 47 different nationalities, and celebrated its opening last night in the wonderful facilities of the Hotel Botánico.

The press conference was attended by the Mayor of Puerto de La Cruz, Lope Afonso Hernández, the President of the Loro Parque Company, Wolfgang Kiessling, and the Scientific Director of Loro Parque Foundation, Rafael Zamora.

Firstly, the President of the Loro Parque Company wanted to highlight the importance of an event such as the International Parrot Congress, which is held every four years and brings together in Puerto de La Cruz the most important experts in the field worldwide, in a unique environment.  He also took the opportunity to review the latest developments in the Parque, such as the new installation for the Pygmy Hippos, which was inaugurated this afternoon, and highlighting the Company’s ongoing commitment to nature, using as an example the strategy for the elimination of single-use plastic in their installations, which is already in its final phase.

For his part, the Mayor of Puerto highlighted how Loro Parque has been able to organise the largest congress of the decade, bringing together a large number of people who will be enjoying the scientific interchange, but also the city, the Hotel Botánico, and of course, the rest of the Islands.  In addition, he pointed out that it’s another opportunity to put the name of Puerto de La Cruz in the forefront of the minds of people in the five continents from which the congress attendees come.

Finally, the Foundation’s Scientific Director, Rafael Zamora, assured that among the topics that will be dealt with in the Congress are animal welfare, parrot conservation – a very important part of the Loro Parque Foundation, which has been working for years with recognised successes – and the maintenance of birds in a controlled environment.  Zamora also stressed that this is a unique event, bringing together more than 1,000 people in a tourism that looks to protect nature.

In this edition, and in response to an unprecedented demand, intensive workshops will be given during the three days following the Congress, in which different experts will offer direct training in different fields linked to the world of conservation.

For more information about the IX Parrot Conference: http://www.loroparque-fundacion.org/congreso/index.php/es/

An update on the newborn calf of the orca Morgan

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The first days in the life of a cetacean are critical and we have all been encouraged by Morgan’s strong maternal instincts and the way she is nurturing and taking care of her calf. Establishing breastfeeding is crucial in this early phase and our team of veterinarians and external consultants are closely monitoring both mother and calf to see that this happens. Over the first 24 hours Morgan’s milk production has been lower than we would like, meaning it may be necessary to introduce bottle feeding to ensure that the calf is getting the nourishment it needs. We sincerely hope that nature can take its course and that Morgan can feed her calf independently. However, we are watching the situation carefully and will assist with bottle feeding, if the experts consider that the life of the calf is at risk.

We wish to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the kind messages we have received from all over the world as we celebrate the birth of Morgan’s calf. We will continue to provide updates as they enjoy their first days together.

Loro Parque welcomes a newborn calf of the orca Morgan

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Loro Parque has good news to share: the orca Morgan that was rescued after being found near dead near the coast of the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands and that forms part of our group of orcas, gave birth to her first calf this morning, which finds itself in a perfect state of health. From the very first moment, Morgan demonstrated to be an exemplary mother attending to her newborn, which is swimming next to its mother in the installations of the ‘OrcaOcean’.

The orca Morgan was rescued at the coast of the Wadden Sea in 2010 and was attended by a team of experts of the Harderwijk Dolphinarium in an effort to help the lost animal, which showed such a severe malnutrition that the animal was only skin and bones. In this moment, Morgan only weighed 430 Kg and the keepers of the Dutch dolphinarium were not sure that the animal was going to survive the first night after its rescue. They, however, were hopeful that with a proper level of care, affection and attention of the care givers, as well as with the adequate nutrition, the animal could make a recovery.

Thanks to all these efforts of the team at Harderwijk, the animal began to recover its weight and strength, and as the Harderwijk installations were not prepared to keep orcas, the Dutch authorities initiated a formal commission to determine the future of the orca Morgan. A group of international and independent experts came to the conclusion that there were only two viable alternatives for the animal: euthanasia or to be kept at an installation of an aquarium that complied with the necessary conditions for this animal species.

At this moment, as Loro Parque had the most modern installations for orcas in existence, the Park was contacted to see if it would accept the animal. Despite all the challenges that this request represented, Loro Parque accepted the petition, thus, avoiding the only other alternative that was left for the animal: the euthanasia.

After a few months at our installations, the orca Morgan adapted to the new conditions and integrated perfectly into the existing group of orcas at Loro Parque. At the same time, it was discovered that the orca suffered a severe hearing deficiency, which was yet another argument to confirm that animal was incapable to survive on her own in nature.

Given this last circumstance, there were a number of questions as to what exactly a delivery would imply for the animal without a hearing capacity. Today, Loro Parque would like to share the great news: the delivery went in a completely normal manner and the first hours after the birth have been developing in accordance with the best expectations.

It is impossible to know the gender of the new calf yet, although the most important issue now is that both, the mother and the calf, find themselves in a perfect state of health. Loro Parque will be informing the public about the development of the situation, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all its visitors from many different parts of the world, the tour operators and all the collaborators in the scientific field for all the support to the Loro Parque mission: to protect and conserve animals and their natural habitats for future generations.

Scientists considering capturing sick orca J50 to give her medical treatment

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Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/4442164/scientists-sick-orca-j50-treatment/

With the condition of sick orca J50 growing increasingly dire, scientists are now considering a last-ditch plan to capture the emaciated killer whale for treatment.

“Most of us think J50 is really sick,” Vancouver Aquarium head veterinarian Martin Haulena said.

“She is in such poor body condition that every other whale that has ever looked like her has already passed away.”

J50 has been dosed with antibiotics and anti-worming medication but so far efforts to treat her have been unsuccessful and they’ve noted a decline in her condition over the last month.

So now, if the whale gets separated from her pod or gets stranded on a beach, a plan is being discussed to take her into captivity so she can be fed and given intensive medical treatment.

While veterinarians know such a move would be controversial, they say the other option is to let the whale die, which would be a major setback for the population of just 75 remaining resident orcas.

“What’s important here is that all these people have this common goal of whatever happens to her, we want to do the very best we can to find out what’s wrong with her, treat her successfully and reintroduce her back to her family as quickly as possible.”

When Whales Get Sick, Activists Show Their True Colors

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Original source: https://petlife.media/when-whales-get-sick-activists-show-their-true-colors

Earlier last month, I wrote about how the Southern Resident orca population off the coast of Washington state had been placed on the international spotlight when an adult female known as Tahlequah, also known as J35, spent seventeen days carrying around her calf, who died shortly after birth. Around the same time, her cousin, J50, also known as Scarlet, began to battle malnutrition as a result of not being able to feed on Chinook salmon, the primary food source of this endangered orca population. After several attempts to feed her live fish and darting her with medications as a way to treat a possible infection, the US National Marine Fisheries Service has now suggested a plan that might be the only thing that could save her life-capturing Scarlet by locating her to a sea pen where she would be rehabilitated until she is healthy enough to rejoin her pod. Sounds like a simple idea to a complicated issue right? While it seems so ideal, there is one group of people who are in the way of this: the animal rights movement.

Activists claim that any kind of intervention that is aimed at saving Scarlet’s life would result in her having to be separated from her family and it would only serve as a reminder of orca captures that took place off the Washington coast during the 60s and 70s. Some activists even want nature to “take its course” on the four-year-old orca, but here is the thing though: Although the rescue attempt would have to require Scarlet to be separated, it would only be a temperate one since this rescue would involve the animal being rehabilitated for a period of time in hopes of being returned to her family. However, any chance that Scarlet would be taken into human care for rehabilitation under government orders would be very unlikely because of the undying hatred that these extremists have for any zoo or aquarium that houses marine mammals. In fact, these extremists and the groups that they are often associated with, have a very unrealistic and romantic view of what life is like for killer whales and other marine mammals out in their natural habitat. This view is not only dangerous to the welfare of the animal in question but also to the general public, who might cave into such views, which in the end can overshadow the fact that this orca population is threatened by loss of food source and the effects of pollution.

The specialists that the US National Marine Fisheries has employed to address Scarlet’s case are trying everything they can to find a solution that is aimed at saving her life. Yet, they are constantly being given “advice” by those who do not know anything about marine veterinary medicine or wildlife rehabilitation. Those who work for zoos and aquariums are also trying to help the government with the situation, but even they are not safe from the ongoing harassment that they are always getting from activists who use emotional tactics to criticize them for even being involved in saving Scarlet in the first place. It really seems like these activists don’t really understand that there are certain steps that are being taken to try and save this animal can be directly linked to having orcas in human care and learning how to better care for them over the years.

As someone who has interned at a marine wildlife rehabilitation facility that’s specialized in rescuing and rehabilitating dolphins and sea turtles, I can say that Scarlet’s condition is poor, but her situation is not going to get any better if activists are going to use social media as a method of attacking both government and zoological officials over what is best for the well-being of this endangered mammal. These ill-informed and scientifically illiterate comments are continuing to be thrown at anyone who is trying to help her in a very difficult circumstance.

It just sickens me that these people, the kind who claim to believe that all animals have the right to live without pain or suffering, would even think that Scarlet would be “better off dead” than be subjected to any kind of human intervention that has the potential to save her life. This is especially if this intervention would involve having Scarlet be temporarily held in human care for a period of time without losing her connection to her pod. Activists really need to take a moment, look at themselves in the mirror, and actually consider what they are saying could actually hurt this animal in the end. Their hostile attitudes will, in the end, do more harm to wildlife and do any good.