Loro Parque exhibits, for the first time in Spain, a pair of Bowmouth guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma)

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

After Loro Parque became a pioneer in being the first aquarium in Spain to receive a pair of Bowmouth guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma), the species will be available to be viewed at its exhibition in the coming days that all visitors can get to know and learn them. With their incorporation, this zoological garden already recognised as the best in the world according to TripAdvisor, reinforces its commitment to conservation, as this species is catalogued as vulnerable according to the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The shark, also known as the Shark Ray, faces a variety of threats in the wild, including habitat degradation (particularly in South and Southeast Asia), pollution and fishing, as its meat is traded for human consumption on the Asian continent. Similarly, in northern Australia, for example, bycatch is also a threat to this species, although, fortunately, the introduction of turtle-excluder devices in shrimp trawlers has considerably reduced their mortality. These two specimens, which have been in quarantine for some time before being transferred to the aquarium exhibition, will act in Loro Parque as representatives of their peers in the wild.

This species lives near the coast and around coral reefs, at a maximum depth of 90 metres. It is mainly found on sandy or muddy bottoms, and is a large species that can grow up to 270 cm in total length. In general, very little is known about its characteristics and history, so more research is needed to provide data on its biology, origin and levels of exploitation.

An estimated 100 million sharks die each year as a result of fishing, and a quarter of the cartilaginous fish species – sharks, rays and chimaeras – that exist are threatened with extinction due to often harmful human actions. That is why Loro Parque acts as a real embassy for wild animals, helping to ensure, with its work, the continuity and protection of different species.

The work to be carried out on the Rhina ancylostoma sharks will be essential to provide more information to help conserve and ensure the well-being of other endangered species, such as the angel shark (Squatina squatina) – the most endangered shark in the world – and the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna sp.), both of which Loro Parque Foundation helps through projects for their protection and conservation.

Loro Parque Fundación and the Canarian universities kick-off the CanBio project

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

This week, Loro Parque Fundación has signed several collaboration agreements and contracts with research teams from the two Canarian universities and the NGOs Elasmocan and AVANFUER, to start the CanBio project, a research programme financed jointly by Loro Parque and the Canary Islands Government.

Through this project, different research groups from the University of La Laguna (ULL) and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) will study climate change in the sea and ocean acidification, as well as its effects on marine biodiversity in the Canary Islands and Macaronesia, especially on cetaceans, sea turtles, sharks and rays.

The project, which was presented last November and foresees an investment of two million euros over four years, has started this January with the placement of a measuring station in the Benchijigua Express ferry (of the Fred Olsen shipping company), which has already begun to collect data on coastal acidification in the region.  This data will be supplemented with another measuring station on the ship Renate P (of the shipping company NISA Maritima) which makes trips between Tenerife, Las Palmas, Lanzarote and Barcelona, and will provide information on the Macaronesia region.

These opportunistic platforms will be joined throughout 2019 by a coastal network for monitoring marine environmental parameters linked to climate change, ocean acidification and underwater noise pollution, as well as their effects on the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands.  This network will initially consist of two buoys equipped with scientific instruments, one in Gran Canaria and the other in Tenerife.  In subsequent years, several scientific operations will be carried out with autonomous vehicles, which will travel around the archipelago and the Macaronesia obtaining information on the effects of climate change on the ocean and on the distribution of species such as cetaceans.

All these actions are linked to the previous activity of Loro Parque Fundación in the archipelago and will allow us to obtain essential information with which to interpret the effects that global change will produce in the marine organisms of the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.  In this way, the region will become a world reference, providing relevant data on climate change for the international community, whilst helping to diagnose the effects of global change in the area.

Certain anti-zoo activists speculate about Ula’s health

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

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

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

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

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

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.

Loro Parque Announcement

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

LORO PARQUE is pleased to announce that starting January 2019, Mr. Wolfgang Rades will be assuming a new position at Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundación as a Wildlife Conservation Officer for Europe.

With his extensive expertise as a zoological biologist and ecologist, we have found in Mr. Rades a strong advocate of animals, conservation and protection of biodiversity. At a young age, he committed himself to the welfare of the animals. For nine years, he worked as a Wildlife Protection Officer for the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU) and then for several more years he led the Vogelpark Herborn, before he joined us in 2015 and held the position of the Zoological Director for 2 years.

We welcome Mr. Rades in our team again and look forward to a successful cooperation.

Loro Parque contributes to research on the echolocation of orcas

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

Loro Parque, in its continuous commitment to scientific research, has recently begun to collaborate in research on the echolocation of orcas, a key sense that favours their orientation and the location of prey for hunting.  There is not much information on whether it is a behaviour that cetaceans learn or if it is innate, nor is there data on the moment in which it appears in their development, so that the zoo, recognised as the best in the world, will contribute to providing information on a feature that is vital to their survival.

Loro Parque is working with the University of Southern Denmark in a study with Morgan’s calf in order to try and establish when echolocation begins in the young orcas.  The first experiments have already begun.

Development of echolocation

Echolocation is the location of an object through the reflection of sound waves, used by animal species such as bats and cetaceans and in sonar systems.

In both bats and dolphins, echolocation skills have been studied for decades, and although there is a deep understanding of their capabilities and use, it is not clear how it develops.  In the case of dolphins, recordings under animals in human care indicate that echolocation may develop after about three to four weeks, although other studies indicate that it may take much longer.

About young orcas, however, there is no information whatsoever, and some knowledge would help to better understand and protect these animals with more reliable risk-assessments on the impact of marine noise, its possible consequences, and even age estimates, based on sound recordings.  Thus, by recording the calf periodically, one can begin to understand the development of its echolocation capacity – when it begins and how this sense evolves until it matches that of an adult orca.

Commitment to scientific research on orcas

In addition, thanks to the opportunities offered to science by the possibility of having access to an orca calf in a controlled environment, Loro Parque is also collaborating with the University of Zurich in a study on learning more about orca communication – another rather unknown subject, wherein we will investigate how the calf adopts and uses the communication sounds of the group dialect.  Another Norwegian research group will study the existence of identification marks on orca calves, which will help to identify and track these animals more accurately in nature.

Loro Parque welcomes Christmas with the birth of 14 penguins

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

Loro Parque welcomes Christmas with the birth of six Southern Rockhoppers and eight Long-Tailed Gentoo penguins.  The new members of the Planet Penguin family are being cared for by the best experts and will be on view from December 24, the first species in the Baby Penguin section and the second with the rest of the Antarctic penguin family.

The birth of the six Southern Rockhoppers represents a great challenge, because it’s a species that’s in a vulnerable state according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  This breed of penguins is very difficult to reproduce, so the experts of the Penguinarium devoted a great deal of time and effort, taking care of every detail during the incubation and growth of the offspring.  Likewise, the eight new members of the Long-Tailed Gentoo family find themselves with their parents sharing and living without difficulties alongside the rest of the Antarctic penguin family.

The arrival of new offspring is always an excellent indicator of animal welfare, because it ensures that the needs of the animals are being met and, as a result, they are able to reproduce without difficulty.  It’s the emblematic case of their famous and beloved female King Penguin Geisha, which was welcomed to the Park in August 2003, and which already has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all perfectly integrated into the family of this charismatic Antarctic species in the Planet Penguin installations.

To take care of these seabirds, Loro Parque is attentive to every detail.  This is why, in addition to recreating the natural habitat of these species with the 12 tons of snow that fall in the enclosure daily, the normal light cycles of Antarctica are also respected, thus creating a unique space for the animals.

In addition, during the holiday season, visitors will be able to observe the large Nativity scene to be found in the Loro Parque Penguinarium, the only place in the Canary Islands where it snows all year round, thus offering a very special way of celebrating this Christmas season with the family.

Loro Parque celebrates its 46th anniversary and marks the end of a record year

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

As we come closer to Christmas, Loro Parque has celebrated its 46th anniversary this Monday December 17, concluding a record year in which it has been crowned as the best zoo in the world – by winning the Travellers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor for the second consecutive year – and has celebrated not one, as is tradition, but two grand inaugurations.

Loro Parque started along its path in 1972 with only 25 people, 150 parrots and an area of 13,000 square metres. From that time to today, and after a trajectory containing many challenges, the Parque has become one of the most respected zoological institutions in the world, for its beauty, the excellence of its facilities and absolute respect for nature.

The best zoo in the world

After 46 years of intense work and continuous growth, Loro Parque has managed to win the Travellers’ Choice award for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018, which ranks it as the best zoo in the world. Independent assessments by users of the TripAdvisor travel portal have resulted in an award that recognises the wide range of species exhibits, as well as their important work in awareness-raising, education and scientific research. Since its opening in 1972, almost 50 million visitors have visited its facilities and Loro Parque considers this award as recognition of its 46 years dedicated to the protection and conservation of nature.

2018’s great inaugurations

This year, Loro Parque has welcomed two new species, the Pygmy Hippos and the Ringed-Tail Lemurs, which are in danger of extinction and which act, in their installations, as representatives of their peers in nature. In addition, we have inaugurated the Zen Garden, a landscape aquarium unique in the world, whose main protagonist is the balance between flora and fauna that coexist in its interior, and evokes the beauty of the perfect balance inherent in the planet’s ecosystems, which unfortunately is being lost in the natural environment.

Commitment to the environment With the aim of actively contributing to the protection of the environment, this year Loro Parque has implemented a strategy of eliminating single-use plastic in all its facilities, managing to eliminate it almost entirely. In fact, among other measures, the Parque has replaced single-use plastic water bottles with biodegradable and compostable ones, making it one of the pioneering European zoos in taking a decision of this magnitude and ceasing to generate single-use plastic bottles as waste.

Loro Parque Baby Boom

This year, as usual, a baby boom has taken place in Loro Parque, showing ample proof of the welfare of all its animals. This authentic animal embassy welcomed with great joy the young of Penguins, Sea Lions, Black Swans, Scarlet Ibis, Rays, Zebra Sharks and Gray Sharks, Titis, Jellyfish … and, naturally, as the largest reserve of parrots in the world, numerous Parrots. Very special was the arrival to the family of Loro Parque of Garoé, a baby Chimpanzee, and, of course, Morgan’s baby, who is in excellent health in the facilities of Orca Ocean and is growing healthy and strong.

Successful record

Throughout its 46 years of history, the Loro Parque Company has achieved numerous recognitions, amongst which are the Plaque and Gold Medal for Tourist Merit awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Gold Medals from 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 to have won the Prince Felipe Award for Business Excellence.

Loro Parque receives the Award for Business Excellence from the Canary Islands Government

Sin categoría Sin comentarios »

Loro Parque has received this morning, Wednesday December 12, the Canarian Award for Business Excellence, given by the Regional Government in recognition of the company’s commitment to encourage and promote the principles of quality, innovation and excellence in all its undertakings.  The award was presented to Wolfgang Kiessling, president of the Company, at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) in Tenerife.

The 9th edition of these prestigious awards was attended by Pedro Ortega the Canarian Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge and further representatives of the Canary Islands Government: Justo Artiles Director General of Industry and Energy and Cristina Hernández Director General of Economic Promotion.

Loro Parque, also recognised in 2018 as the best zoo in the world for the second consecutive year, has received this award in the category Medium to Large Companies. This marks the recognition of the company’s trajectory that has turned it into one of the most respected and well-known zoological institutions in the world, as much for its exceptional beauty, as for the excellence of its facilities and its respect for nature.

Canarian Awards for Business Excellence

The Department of Economy, Industry, Commerce and Knowledge of the Canary Islands Government celebrates this year the ninth edition of the Canary Islands Business Excellence Awards, a prestigious recognition of the excellence of companies on the islands. With this award, they seek to recognise the daily work carried out by companies in the archipelago to encourage and promote the principles of quality, innovation and excellence in their management, with the aim of improving their competitiveness.  In this way, the awarded companies become a business reference for the whole of Canarian society.