Certain anti-zoo activists speculate about Ula’s health

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Once again, the anti-zoo activists apply one of their established schemes in order to gain popularity, media attention and, ultimately, donations. This time, as always without any justification whatsoever, they have decided to speculate about Ula’s health by using some photos, without any type of medical diagnostic data. On top of that, none of these self-proclaimed experts has even a minimal knowledge of veterinary medicine. Suffice to say, it would be disturbing enough if veterinarians issued their diagnoses based solely on photographs, but that persons without anyveterinarian knowledge nor experience presume to do so, that is outright ridiculous.

The accusations of these individuals, whose sole interest it is to get hold of all orcas and have them under their own control in an alleged “sanctuary”, are absolutely absurd and do not have any grounds at all. Ula is in perfect medical conditions as confirmed by theteam of veterinarianexperts at Loro Parque that make their conclusion based on medical diagnostic information. The same conclusion is reached by the several independent, highly experienced veterinarians who have years of experience in orcas and dolphins care.

It is simply paradoxical that those alleged animal lovers, who continuously proclaim that orcas should be moved to a sanctuary, in four years have been unable (and after spending almost one million dollars) to even find a place for this this hypothetic sanctuary. This shows very clearly that an orca sanctuary is merely an illusion, since the localisation would be a first step only – and surely it would be the easiest one. Anyone can imagine what would happen in the moment in which they have to face the enormous investments, engineering problems, logistics and animal wellbeing associated with closing a bay of the sea. Meanwhile, there remains no doubt that criticising zoos without proof and speculating about the health of our animals is still a very good business that helps them to gain donations.

The only certainty so far in this absurd story is that the alleged orca lovers, who seem so preoccupied for Ula’s health, at no time approached Loro Parque to simply ask about her condition.

Loro Parque presents its new features at FITUR

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Loro Parque, Siam Park, Poema del Mar, the Loro Parque Foundation, the Hotel Botánico & Oriental Spa Garden and Brunelli’s Steakhouse are present, once again, at the prestigious International Tourism Fair FITUR, which is held in Madrid in order to publicise the new offers available at its leisure parks, among other firsts. From January 23 to 27, the company’s stand – 9D02 – can be visited in Pavilion 9, where all kinds of information, as well as news and photographs, can be found.

Loro Parque, the best zoo in the world for the second consecutive year

Recognised as the best zoo in the world for the second consecutive year, Loro Parque is an impressive animal embassy that offers the unique experience of getting to know wildlife as never before, with species and ecosystems from the five continents, from the lush Amazon jungle to the cold landscapes of Antarctica.  Thus, visitors are able to discover the wonders and splendid beauty of the natural world without having to travel to all these corners of the planet.

Among its main attractions are the impressive and educational presentations of Orcas and Dolphins, as well as the legendary Parrot Show, in addition to the shy Red Pandas, the majestic Lions of Angola, or the largest and most diverse parrot reserve in the world.  New this year are the Pygmy Hippos, whose new home adapts perfectly to the needs of their species and the charismatic Ring-Tailed Lemurs, so beloved for their cinematographic trajectory.  Also new is the Zen Garden exhibition, a space inspired by Japanese gardens and the majestic mountain ranges of Asia that can be seen in the AquaViva exhibition, home of the most spectacular jellyfish.

Thus, it’s not surprising that Loro Parque has a large number of worldwide recognitions, which reward its commitment to excellence and its absolute concern for animal welfare.  In its more than 46 years of history and after having received almost 50 million visitors in its facilities, the Parque has been awarded the Plaque and Gold Medal for Tourist Merit awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, the Gold Medals of the Government of the Canary Islands, the city of Puerto de La Cruz and the Island Council of Tenerife, among other awards.  Loro Parque is also the only company in the Canary Islands that has won the Prince Felipe Award for Business Excellence, as well as the only zoo in Europe that has the ‘American Certified’ Animal Welfare Certification from the respected American Humane organisation (USA).

For Loro Parque, these recognitions imply a responsibility and it therefore has a clear mission for the protection of the environment.  Thus, as a wildlife conservation centre, and through the Loro Parque Foundation, it has managed to save nine species from imminent extinction.  Also, as part of this commitment, the Park has implemented in 2018 a strategy of elimination of single-use plastic, becoming one of the first zoos in Europe to replace plastic water bottles with others that are biodegradable and can be turned into compost, thus ceasing to generate single-use bottles as waste products.

Siam Park: the best waterpark in the world is in Spain

There is no doubt: Siam Park is the best waterpark that exists on the face of the earth, and it’s in Spain.  This has been confirmed by the Travellers’ Choice Award, which Siam Park has received for five consecutive years thanks to the positive ratings of its visitors on the prestigious travel portal TripAdvisor.  Siam Park is the only park that has achieved this distinction so many times in a row, and in fact the only one that has received this award since TripAdvisor inaugurated the Waterparks category five years ago.

This repeated recognition is undoubtedly the result of constant innovation and reinvestment of the Loro Parque Company in all its projects, with which it always pursues excellence.  In addition to being a benchmark in the TripAdvisor awards, it also has international recognition from organisations such as the leading publication and a reference point according to the assessment of theme parks Kirmes & Park Revue, which has honoured Siam Park with the European Star Award for the Best Water Park in Europe for the sixth consecutive year, among many other awards.

Siam Park celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018 and has done so in a big way with the inauguration of two new and spectacular attractions.  The first, Patong Rapids, is a new initiative by Siam Park that breaks all the moulds, surpassing the already incredible Mekong Rapids.  The new ride is 235 metres long, including an area of complete darkness.  With a capacity of 1,200 people per hour, it reduces to a minimum the waiting time to be able to enjoy to the maximum its incredible curves and counter-curves, and includes impressive disc-floats that allow you to experience a unique sensation of speed and adrenaline.

The second, Coco Beach is a new children’s area that allows the little ones to have great adventures in the company of their families.  They will be able to enjoy new and incredible sensations in the latest swimming and wave-pool of over 1,000 m2, suitable for the little ones of the house and simulating the famous ruins of AngkorWat.

The beauty of this park is, in itself, an incomparable attraction, and nothing is equivalent to being able to enjoy attractions unique in the world, in an unprecedented venture in an environment of lush vegetation and Thai design and decoration.  Visitors will be able to experience first hand the sensations produced by the Tower of Power and its 28 metre high toboggan; Singha, and many other impressive state-of-the-art attractions without which a holiday in Tenerife would not be complete.

And for those seeking relaxation in an exclusive environment, Siam Park offers Siam Beach, the most paradisiacal artificial wave beach in the Canary Islands, where the incredible waves of The Wave Palace break.  Siam Park, located in Adeje, Tenerife, is a place where good weather and fun are guaranteed all year round and is therefore another must-see if you travel to the Canary Islands.

Poema del Mar, the spectacular aquarium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Poema del Mar, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, inaugurated in 2017, has turned the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria into a strategic location for tourism.

Thus, just a year after its opening, this large aquarium offers its visitors a unique opportunity: to make a trip to the deepest ocean with its Deep Sea exhibition, which features the world’s largest curved window, 36 metres wide and 7.35 metres high, as well as 39 centimetres thick.  With a total tank depth of 8.5 metres and 5.5 million litres of water, Deep Sea allows you to observe, in a unique environment, the wonders of the depths of the oceans, and the around 3,000 specimens of up to 40 different species that swim in its dark waters.

In addition, once inside the Aquarium, the visitor will begin the tour by immersing himself in the first of the areas, La Jungla, which reproduces landscapes from all over the planet in a tribute to the five continents.  Arrecife will then invite you for a walk around a huge 400,000 litre water cylinder displaying a wide variety of coral and fish, and finally the aforementioned Deep Sea.

Poema del Mar has a firm commitment to innovation, biodiversity conservation and excellence in sustainable tourism.  It’s no coincidence that the authorities of the Canary Islands consider it “of strategic interest for the region” which reinforces the promotion of Gran Canaria, and the entire archipelago, as one of the best tourist destinations on an international scale.

The Loro Parque Foundation: 100% for nature

In 1994, Loro Parque consolidated its firm commitment to environmental work through the creation of the Loro Parque Foundation, an international non-profit organisation specialising in the conservation and protection of species of parrots and marine mammals, amongst other animals, which are in danger of extinction.

Each year, thanks to Loro Parque’s funding of the Foundation’s operational costs, 100% of the donations received go directly to in situ and ex situ conservation and/or education projects.  Thus, ‘100% for nature’ is not just a slogan, but goes much further: it’s a reality.

Its numbers and results speak for themselves: more than US$19 million invested in over 160 projects on five continents, and nine species of parrots saved directly from imminent extinction.

In addition, the Loro Parque Fundación maintains a firm commitment to the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands and dedicates a significant part of its resources to its protection through projects with the Loro Parque Foundation and the Poema del Mar aquarium, which in 2017 began its successful enterprise in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Brunelli’s, three years offering the best meat this side of the Atlantic

Brunelli’s restaurant, located in front of Loro Parque, is to be congratulated because it has been named the “benchmark of great meats in the Canary Islands” by important gastronomic supplements such as Metropolis from El Mundo and as “the best meat restaurant in Tenerife” by TripAdvisor in 2018.

Thus, since its opening three years ago, this establishment, styled after typical American steakhouses, has revolutionised the gastronomic offer of Puerto de La Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, with its impressive range of meats: Ávila steak, Black Angus ox entrecote, etc. -the best cuts cooked in a very special way.  All this, thanks to the fact that Brunelli’s has an oven, unique in the Canary Islands, capable of cooking meat at 800º, and thus maintaining all the flavour and imbuing it with the juiciest of textures.

Its offer is completed with an excellent wine list, varied desserts, a meticulous service, and the possibility of contemplating the best sunsets on the island from its large terrace which is open to the sea.  That’s why Brunelli’s is known for having the best meat on this side of the Atlantic: in Puerto de La Cruz, in the north of Tenerife.

Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden, elegance and comfort

The 5***** Grand Luxury Hotel Botánico ensures the highest quality by its inclusion in The Leading Hotels of the World group.  Located in Puerto de La Cruz, in the north of the island of Tenerife, it offers incomparable views of Teide and the Atlantic Ocean.  It also has an extensive collection of paintings by various Canarian artists that makes its customers feel that they are in a unique place.

The Hotel has a wide gastronomic offer led by El Oriental, recognised as the best Thai restaurant in the Canary Islands, and Il Pappagallo, with its cosy terrace that offers live music every day.

It recently received the TUI Holly 2019, Condé Nast Johansens 2019 award for the best hotel with a Spa in Europe and the Mediterranean, and HolidayCheck 2019, prizes which have arrived to tag onto an already extensive list of recognitions.  Thus, the Hotel Botánico has seen its position strengthened once again, as a safe and quality choice when spending a holiday in Tenerife.

Its offer of relaxation and beauty is revived in their exclusive Oriental Spa Garden, with new anti-stress and detox treatments, carried out with aloe vera and ayurveda.  It also offers beauty treatments with the prestigious Dr. Krulig.  An extraordinary holiday in one of the most beautiful environments in the north of Tenerife would undoubtedly be a real gift.

Declaration of Loro Parque on the Gran Canarian Siam Park within the framework of the celebration of FITUR

 Faithful to its commitment to excellence and quality, and bearing in mind the great recognition of Siam Park worldwide, Loro Parque decided to consolidate its success with the opening of a second Siam Park in Gran Canaria.  Thus, a new proposal was created that already counts, beforehand, with the seal of quality of the Company, and which will consolidate the complementary offer of the Canary Islands as the best in the world.  In fact, the project was already considered, from its initial conception, as “of general and strategic interest”, receiving all kinds of support from the Regional Government.

 The Gran Canaria Siam Park is an important boost for the complementary offer of the south, which already hosts much of the tourism that arrives on the island.  In addition, it will help to stimulate other types of business that are linked to these projects (such as hotels, restaurants, transport…), thus consolidating the positioning of the archipelago as a destination of excellence.

This new park is a unique project, as it is the first vertical water park in the world.  Nestled between exotic subtropical gardens and with a Thai design, its main attraction will be called The Tree of Life and, in addition, it will have one of the largest wave pools in the world and an aquarium crossed by a kamikaze slide.  On an area of 180,000 square metres, beaches, rivers, markets, restaurants, towers, temples, a volcano or an amphitheatre will also be built, all with exact reproductions of Thai architecture.

However, the Gran Canaria Siam Park has had to face a series of obstacles and impediments that lack any reason whatsoever and, despite having all the permits granted by the Island Council, this project of such importance is currently paralysed by the Municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the borough that was chosen for its construction.

And this despite the fact that, since the project was conceived in 2014, the Loro Parque Company has complied with all the requirements and the many modifications that have been introduced to the project, such as the change in the train’s trajectory, the channelling of the El Veril ravine channel or the placing of archaeological remains in their exact location in the construction.

Loro Parque has already stated, on several previous occasions, that it does not share the assessments of the City Council and, bearing in mind that the Company has the backing of the insular and regional authorities; that the courts have proved it right on several occasions throughout the litigation process with the City Council, and that the latter introduces new demands each time that all the formalities are considered to have been overcome, Loro Parque considers that there is a deliberate campaign against its project.

For our part, the presentation we make at this event goes to show that Loro Parque is working and will continue to work for Gran Canaria to have the best waterpark in the world, just as we are working to make sure the Poema del Mar aquarium is considered the best in the world.  That has always been our commitment to Gran Canaria, something we have already achieved in Tenerife.

The Loro Parque Foundation contributes to the successful recovery of the Yellow-eared Parrot in Colombia

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Loro Parque Fundación contribuye a la exitosa recuperación del Loro Orejiamarillo en Colombia

Although more than 8,000 kilometres separate the Canary Islands from Colombia, the Yellow-eared Parrot has a vital link with the Archipelago: the conservation work carried out by The Loro Parque Foundation to protect the species, which has contributed to its successful recovery.

The participation of the Foundation in the project to save the Yellow-eared Parrot, together with the ProAves Foundation of Colombia, has been fundamental in the achievement that today the wild population of these birds has multiplied and has reached record numbers. The story that has marked their survival began in the mid-1990s, when the Loro Parque Foundation supported the protection of the last 20 birds in Ecuador. In 1988 they had disappeared and it was feared that the species had become completely extinct; however, in the same year the Ognorhynchus project began with the aim of ensuring the survival of the species and its habitat in the Colombian Andes.

After a year-long search, a population of 81 individuals was found in the central Andes, in the community of Roncesvalles, whilst in January 2001 a second population of 63 individuals appeared in the foothills of the western Andes in Jardín, in the Department of Antioquia. In the years since the collaboration began, the Foundation has been the principal architect of an initiative that may become the most successful in all of South America. And, in fact, such has been the recovery rate that in 2010 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reduced the Yellow-eared Parrot’s threat category from ‘critically endangered’ to ‘endangered’.

This animal has a close relationship with wax palms, Colombia’s national tree, also threatened by cattle grazing and by its indiscriminate use in the celebration of Palm Sunday. Years of research into habitat use, diet, distribution, and reproductive behaviour have provided a solid foundation on the threats to the species and the wax palm, thus enabling a global conservation action plan.

Among the different initiatives implemented within the framework of this project, they were also able to count on the collaboration of the Vatican. In spite of the roots of this religious tradition, the close collaboration of the Church and a good educational programme have made it possible for everyone to use other alternatives today.