Loro Parque Fundación contributes to the reintroduction of six macaws in Ecuador

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The Loro Parque Fundación has recently contributed to the reintroduction of six great green macaws from Guayaquil (Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis) into their natural habitat. This success has been possible thanks to the work of the Jocotoco Foundation and the collaboration of other associations and local communities. This subspecies is in critical danger of extinction and only 60 individuals have been counted in the wild.

Therefore, the objective of this release is to increase this small population and its genetic diversity and, thus, be able to save the species from a more than probable extinction. In this sense, the Loro Parque Fundación has collaborated technically and financially through five projects in the conservation of this species with an investment of nearly $500,000 since 1997.

In fact, this is not the first time that macaws from this subspecies have been released in Ecuador. Previously, 14 birds had been reintroduced, two of them have been bred in the Ayampe Reserve.

On this occasion, the release of these three pairs born at the Jambelí Rescue Center took place in Las Balsas, in Santa Elena, because two of the previously reintroduced birds had been sighted there living with other wild birds.

As is usual in these processes, the six individuals first passed through a pre-adaptation phase, which lasted more than five months, in the Ayampe reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation. There, the males were fitted with satellite trackers in order to determine their area of distribution, breeding and feeding sites, etc.

Thanks to these modern satellite tracking systems, the tracking of these macaws in the Ecuadorian jungle is allowing us to obtain important scientific data for the protection not only of this species, but also of many others with which it is related, such as plants, insects or even amphibians.

Thus, once again, Loro Parque Fundación continues working for the conservation of parrot species inside and outside its facilities.

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 specializing in the conservation and protection of species of parrots and marine mammals, among other animals, that are in danger of extinction.

Each year, 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 US dollars invested in almost 200 projects on five continents and 10 species of parrots directly saved from imminent extinction with the collaboration of other associations.

The president of the Loro Parque Company receives the award ‘Champion of Conservation’ from American Humane

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Wolfgang Kiessling, founder and president of the Loro Parque Company, has recently received the Champion of Conservation award from the American Humane organization (USA) in recognition of his leadership in projects for the conservation of species.

Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, said, “Loro Parque is one of the most respected zoological institutions in the world for its beauty, the excellence of its facilities and its incredible conservation work. In addition, she highlighted that the Park is home to the largest and most diverse reserve of parrots in the world and has saved 10 species from extinction thanks to the efforts of the Loro Parque Fundación in collaboration with other associations.

As for Kiessling, Ganzert said that his impact on global conservation efforts is truly remarkable, especially since parrots remain one of the most threatened species of all bird families. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” she said.

For his part, the president of Loro Parque wanted to emphasize the role of zoos in species conservation: “Modern zoos are essential to counteract the dramatic impact of the current environmental crisis. In Loro Parque, our aim is to create sympathy, love and respect for wild animals and their ecosystems”. And he thanked the recognition: “I am proud to lead global conservation efforts for the incredible animals on Earth, and I am grateful to receive this award from American Humane.”

A success story

Loro Parque has received a large number of awards worldwide, which reward its commitment to excellence and its absolute concern for animal welfare. In its more than 47 years of history and after having received almost 50 million visitors in its facilities, the Park has been awarded the Plaque and Gold Medal for Tourist Merit by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands Government, of the city of Puerto de la Cruz and of the Island Council of Tenerife, among other awards. Loro Parque is also the only company in the Canary Islands that has managed to be recognized with the Prince Felipe Award for Business Excellence, as well as the only zoo in Europe that has the “American Certified” Animal Welfare Certification from American Humane.

Along the same lines, the Park has been recognized this year as the best zoo in the world by the newspaper Periodista Digital, which awarded it the Travellers Award 2020 in a ceremony held in January in Madrid.

A ray of hope as Loro Parque welcomes an endangered ring-tailed Lemur pup

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In the midst of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, Loro Parque has welcomed a newborn ring-tailed lemur, strengthening its position as an authentic Animal Embassy. Although the Park remains closed, a new family member was presented in a video shared through its social networks, where news posts are published daily to inform its followers of everything that happens in its facilities.

The ring-tailed Lemur is a prosimian species endemic to the island of Madagascar whose population has declined by more than 50 per cent in the last 30 years due to habitat loss as a result of mining, logging and hunting, among other threats. As a result, the species is considered endangered and its presence in Loro Parque contributes to the awareness about the situation of this endangered species in nature and a need for its protection.

#AtHomeWithLoro Parque, Daily Content for the Whole Family

Loro Parque has started a campaign in its social networks with the hashtag #AtHomeWithLoroParque, through which it shares daily content about the activities that take place in its facilities behind closed doors. There, the animals continue to receive all the care to ensure their maximum well-being and the staff works with all the prevention measures recommended by the authorities to stay healthy.

Thus, the Park’s official accounts have increased the number of publications so that all its followers, from the leisure of their homes, could continue to learn about the important work that this wildlife conservation center does in terms of animal welfare, protection of endangered species, education and raising awareness.

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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.

Loro Parque begins the year with the birth of twin jaguars

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Loro Parque has welcomed the birth of two jaguar cubs that were born in December during their 47th anniversary celebrations.  The Panthera onca specimens are with their mother, Naya, adapting to their new home where they can already be observed together.

This great event represents a conservation success because the Panthera onca is a species categorized as Near Threatened in the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  One of the greatest dangers faced by jaguar specimens is the high rates of deforestation in Latin America and the fragmentation of their habitats that isolates them and makes them more vulnerable to human persecution.

These births reinforce Loro Parque’s place in its commitment to the protection of nature and different species, which makes it a true embassy for wild animals.  The birth of new specimens is always an excellent indicator of animal welfare, because it means that their requirements are covered and, consequently, they manage to reproduce without difficulty.

To receive the cubs, the entire team of the Terrestrial Mammal Department and the expert vets ensured the correct evolution of Naya’s pregnancy.  And the team prepared the habitat especially so that the mother would be comfortable at all times.

For now, as is natural in the first few months, the jaguars are being fed by their mother, who is attentive to their care at all times.  In terms of physical appearance, the twins are similar to their father, Gulliver, who has more visible spots and a lighter-coloured coat. Conservation success Naya is part of a conservation programme within the European Endangered Species Programme (EPP), to which zoos linked to the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) are affiliated.  She arrived at Loro Parque in 2019 from a zoological institution in Martinique, in the Caribbean, with the aim of increasing the programme’s genetic diversity.   The jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas and the third largest in the world, after the tiger and the lion.  Within its range, it’s the animal at the top of the food chain, and can live in habitats as diverse as the Amazon rainforest or the dry steppes of southern South America. In the wild, it feeds on a variety of live prey, from fish to large mammals and even small alligators.  In addition, it’s known to have the strongest jaws within the big cat group.  In general, and with the exception of the breeding and reproduction periods, it’s a solitary animal. Although commercial hunting of jaguars for their skins has decreased dramatically since the 1970s, thanks to various anti-fur campaigns and the progressive control and closure of international markets, unfortunately there is still demand for their paws, teeth and other products. However, through these zoo-organised conservation programmes, the population of these animals is growing.  And at the same time, this particular family of jaguars will help to make visitors aware of the difficulties faced by their fellow creatures in the wild.

Loro Parque’s Statement about a gathering in front of the Krefeld town hall under the slogan “Our Zoo – Our Responsibility”

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On Friday, January 24th, at 4 p.m., a major event under the slogan “Our Zoo – Our Responsibility” will be taking place in front of the Krefeld town hall with the objective of commemorating the more than 30 animals who fell victims to the tragic fire of the great ape house on New Year’s Night.

During this meeting, the good-willed people will be able to give their words of consolation to the deeply committed Krefeld zoo team, led by Dr. Wolfgang Dreßen, among them, naturally, the zookeepers, affected by the loss of these wonderful animals, whom they have known and looked after for decades. It will also be an opportunity to express the gratitude to the members of the emergency services who helped in dealing with the tragedy. Many thanks will also go to the numerous friends of the Krefeld Zoo from all over the world who have shown their great sympathy and will certainly continue to demonstrate it.

Despite all the deep grief, this solidarity, especially coming from the Krefeld town population, whose outstanding sympathy for their zoo is impressive, gives a lot of encouragement to the authentic animal friends!

Taking into account the imminent threat to humans and wildlife from the man-created sixth global extinction, which is currently taking over our planet just like the climate crisis (more than 1 billion animals lost their lives in the bushfires in Australia and many more their home), this is a positive and hopeful sign that the modern zoological gardens are standing even closer together in the light of this situation. The expertise of our modern zoos in protecting the endangered animal species is becoming increasingly important. Their importance as Embassies for Wild Animals and as a meeting point between humans and animals in an increasingly alienated society is growing today more than ever.

Together with our numerous friends and supporters from politics and administration, science and education, as well as nature and animal protection, we as modern zoos will not let up in our commitment to protect wildlife and nature. We would also like to thank the Mayor of Krefeld, Frank Meyer, for his clear words on the start of the New Year, when he criticized as inappropriate the attacks of uninformed and misguided radical animal rights activists.

We, at Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundación, would like to express our appreciation of Mr. Meyer’s strong commitment to the reconstruction of the modernized facility for the great apes in Krefeld. Of especial importance are his comments that, “we are talking about animal species that are critically endangered in the wild and that they will only have a future if institutions, like the Krefeld Zoo, continue their valuable work – and that is exactly what we will do”.  In addition, one should highlight his plea to look ahead with all sadness in order to “emerge from the catastrophe to become even stronger than before.” As modern zoos, we feel deeply committed to nature and animal protection.

The friends of the Krefeld Zoo can be confident that they count with the support of Loro Parque! Because if there did not exist a zoo, then it would be high time now to invent it!