Loro Parque welcomes the German Carnival delegations to its facilities

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Loro Parque has opened its doors this week, and as it is usual since many years, to the Carnival delegations of the German cities of Duisburg, Vechta, Düsseldorf, Ehrengarde Düsseldorf, Bonn, Monchengladbach, Eschborn and Erkelenz. For more than four decades these groups have been a part of the Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz, and again this year they have filled this true animal embassy with color and joy.

The Düsseldorf committee and the authorities of the Puerto de la Cruz City Hall, made up of more than 100 Carnival enthusiasts, enjoyed a first visit this Thursday, February 27, with a complete tour through the Park and shows of orcas and dolphins.

This long-awaited annual visit is possible thanks to the town twinning between Puerto de la Cruz and Düsseldorf, which allows for the exchange and promotion of one of the most popular carnivals in Europe among Canarian society.

There is still one more day of fun left in the facilities of Loro Parque this Sunday, 1st March, when more Carnival delegations will come to bring a week of rhythm, color and tradition to a glorious closure in the municipality.

For a more sustainable ocean: Tabaiba

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On Tuesday 25 February, a Coastal and Underwater Cleanup was organized in the area of Tabaiba (Municipality of El Rosario) as part of the campaign “For a more sustainable ocean 2020” organized by the Association Promemar.

In total, more than 292 kg of rubbish was removed from both the seabed and the coast, including phenolic panels and plastic plugs found inside the wreck, a tire, as well as a huge number of pipes collected from the ravine.

To carry out this activity, the Association Promemar works in collaboration with Ecoembes, Proyecto Libera and SeoBirdlife, with sponsorship of Loro Parque Fundación, and in cooperation with the Rosario City Hall, Tenerife Shipyards, Meridiano Shopping Center, Kms Verdes Environmental Sports Association, Fonteide, Coca-Cola, Fast and the Sea Diver Instructor Diving Club.

It is very important to emphasize the importance of carrying out cleanings in areas with a large influx of bathers, and above all of educational work to ensure that these areas are kept in the best possible condition.

Loro Parque statement about Expedia’s new animal welfare policy

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We are very happy to share the news that Expedia has launched its new animal welfare policy and will only promote zoos and aquariums which are members of WAZA or one of their 24 regionally recognized associations, as well as AZA and AMMPA, thus ensuring the best animal welfare with a policy based in sound scientific evidence. We really hope other travel companies follow this path and support institutions like ours, that really care for and work every day for the welfare of animals.


Animal Policy


At Expedia Group, we believe travel is a force for good. We help people go places and help them do so with respect for the people, animals, and natural environments of our planet. When done responsibly and thoughtfully, activities involving animals can instill a deeper connection with the natural world, promote conservation, enhance the human experience, and drive interest in the treatment and survival of all animals.


ANIMAL WELFARE


We believe that the individuals who have spent their lives studying and researching animals and spend time regularly observing and helping them are best positioned and most qualified to evaluate the welfare of animals as well as the facilities that house them. These organizations are guided by the following principals for animal welfare:

  1. Nutrition – A suitable, species-appropriate diet will be provided in a way that ensures full health and vigor, both behaviorally and physically.
  2. Environment – Animals will experience an appropriate environment that encourages opportunities to self-maintain and promotes ongoing comfort and safety.
  3. Health – Animals will have the opportunity to experience good physical health, including access to a wellness program as well as rapid diagnosis and treatment of injury/disease to ensure ongoing robustness and vitality through all life stages.
  4. Behavior – Quality spaces and appropriate social groupings will be provided that encourage species-appropriate behaviors at natural frequencies and of appropriate diversity while meeting social and developmental needs of each species in the collection.
  5. Choice and control – Animals will have an opportunity for choice and control to seek out and achieve a positive welfare state while able to make choices to avoid suffering and distress.
  6. Affective or mental states – Conditions will be provided in which animals will have the opportunity to experience a predominance of positive emotional states and minimize negative survival-related experiences and emotional states.


GUEST WELFARE


For our guests to have best possible experience when undertaking an activity involving animals, the following guiding principles will be applied:

  1. Safety – The activity operator must ensure the guest is safe at all times.
  2. Environment – Where experiences involve wild animals, the operator will ensure a safe distance is maintained between the guest and the animal(s) and that the guest receives a full briefing of the experience and actions to take in the event of an emergency.
  3. Equipment – Satisfactory safety equipment will be provided such as fences, rails, and specialist equipment where the activity requires it.
  4. Health – Operators will not permit guests to interact or have physical contact with sick, diseased, or disturbed animals. Guests will not be put in a position where they risk injury from or related to the animal.
  5. Risk – The operator will not run an animal-related activity where the guest faces a risk of serious injury, risk of hospitalization, or specialized medical attention.


POLICY DETAILS


Zoos and Aquariums


We will only work with zoos and aquariums that are members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) or have membership and/or accreditation via one of their 24 regionally recognized associations around the globe.

We will also only work with accredited members of The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), an international association and accrediting body for marine parks, zoos, and aquariums. Find out more about the accreditation standards and processes of AZA and AMMPA, as well as the Code of Ethics of WAZA.

This policy utilizes the AZA definition of a zoo or aquarium:

“A permanent institution which owns and maintains wildlife, under the direction of a professional staff, provides its animals with appropriate care and exhibits them in an aesthetic manner to the public on a regular basis. The institution, division, or section shall further be defined as having as their primary mission the exhibition, conser¬vation, and preservation of the earth’s fauna in an educational and scientific manner.”

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Loro Parque Fundación contributes to the protection of the Cuban parakeet in Cuba thanks to the use of surveillance cameras

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The Loro Parque Fundación continues to work for the conservation of parrot species inside and outside its facilities. And it is doing so in Cuba with a project for the protection of the Cuban parakeet (Psittacara euops), led by biologist Maikel Cañizares, which is using surveillance cameras placed at heights that have proved highly efficient.

These camera traps are one of the tools that are giving the best results in the study of threatened fauna and their placement is the key to obtaining more data on the biology of the species. In the specific case of the Cuban Parakeet, the installation of these recording devices is not easy and has been made possible thanks to the expertise of the researchers, trained in climbing techniques, who have placed them on the vertical cliffs where the species nests.

It is precisely on these vertical cliffs where the mud nests that the Cuban parakeet uses to breed are also located, which were made specifically for this project to protect the species and which are proving very successful and providing very positive results.

And although in this area of difficult access the presence of poachers is rare, the camera traps also serve to protect the nesting areas, because thanks to them any human or predator activity that takes place in the monitored area is recorded.

In addition, in this project, which relies on volunteer staff from the communities to monitor the area, the experts also make regular checks during the breeding season, which is the most vulnerable time for the species.

 Loro Parque Fundación: 25 years of commitment and love for nature

In 1994, Loro Parque consolidated its firm commitment to environmental work through the creation of the Loro Parque Fundación, an international non-profit organization specialized in the conservation and protection of species of parrots and marine mammals, among other animals, that are in danger of extinction.

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

Its numbers and results speak for themselves: more than $21.5 million invested in nearly 200 projects on five continents, and 10 species of parrots directly save

Loro Parque presents a new exhibition for African parrots

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Loro Parque, a true animal embassy, this week inaugurated a new habitat created for 10 African bird species that are “Vulnerable” and “Near Threatened”, according to the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The new facility has 3 sections with high visibility adapted to the needs of these animals. Through this exhibition, visitors will be able to observe the flight and behavior of the specimens while they enjoy enrichment with trunks, food from their region of origin and other elements that keep them physically and psychologically active. There are even coffee plants from Kenya, among other vegetation, which fit the needs of the species that now live in this enclosure.

This new space allows the birds to develop their muscles and interact with each other. There, these parrots manage to put into practice all their abilities and act as real ambassadors of their conspecifics in nature. Therefore, while visitors get to know their characteristics and peculiarities, these animals at the same time help to make people aware of the difficulties their wild conspecifics face in nature.

All these birds have been born in the Loro Parque Fundación breeding center, where the largest reserve of parrot species and subspecies in the world is located.

In this sense, the recreation of these animals’ natural environment reflects Loro Parque’s commitment to constant innovation, conservation and animal welfare. The new African enclosure is located next to the ecosystem of the ring-tailed lemurs from Madagascar, a place where also the swimming skills of the pygmy hippopotamus can be observed.