Petitioners Free Morgan Foundation lost again, in European Parliament

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The oral reply of the European Commission to Free Morgan Foundation Petition 0853/2017 was clear. There is no need to change the regulations as requested by the petitioner. In a previous petition in 2012 the Commission already stated that in Morgan’s case all the European Regulations were followed strictly. In majority the MEP’s present were ready to close the petition and reject the FMF request, the 8th (legal) defeat for the activists in the last years. The thousands of cases in the last few years have not shown any issues with the implementation of the regulations or the template of the forms. The president of the commission resubmitted the petition to the coordinators of the political parties in for finalization in July.

Earlier, in May 2012, also regarding Council Regulation 338/96, the European Commission replied that the authorities of the EU Member States in question (Spain and The Netherlands) where well in charge of the correct implementation of EU rules.

“Council Regulation (EC) 339/97 and the corresponding implementing regulations is repeatedly interpreted wrongly by the Free Morgan Foundation (FMF) . The prohibitions of the regulation are very clear in article 8 (1) of the regulation and it is also clear in article 8 (3) that if any of the exceptional circumstances occur, the prohibitions do not apply” says Dr. Javier Almunia, Director of Loro Parque Fundación. A vision that is shared by a vast majority of CITES managing authorities and legal experts, as wells as MEP’s. Many now see the attempts of minority activities groups such as FMF as of waste of public and private funds.

Orca Morgan in Loro Parque

Loro Parque, the current custody holder of the orca Morgan, was present in Brussel to provide all relevant information to the Petitions Committee The orca Morgan has been in the custody of Loro Parque since 2011.  The decision to transfer her to the spacious and fully equipped facilities of OrcaOcean in Loro Parque was tried and tested in Courts in Spain and The Netherlands, resulting now 9 times in defeat for the FMF.

Loro Parque is supported by all relevant administrative bodies (CITES in The Netherlands and Spain, Zoo Inspections in Spain and the competent authorities on animal welfare which reject the claims and misinterpretations of the CITES permit by FMF now for the 9th time.

Orca Morgan’s Pregnancy

The orca Morgan is expected to give birth any time after the summer, according to estimates by Loro Parque’s veterinarians. She is now in the final stages of her pregnancy, which will culminate in the arrival of a single calf.

This gestation, as well as the birth and upbringing of the new animal, is a challenge for the experts at Loro Parque, confirmed Dr. Javier Almunia, Director of Loro Parque Fundación.  “All the experience there is, worldwide, on orca births is reduced to about 30 births, but never, in a single case, has it been with a deaf orca,” he says.  “For us, it’s a totally different situation.  We have had deliveries of other orcas, but in this case we have to be much more prepared for what may happen, because the information we have is minimal,” he added.

The care and standard medical training routines of Loro Parque’s orcas have been intensified with Morgan during the months of gestation, which has allowed for an exhaustive monitoring of the foetus and continuous observation of its evolution.  “We do ultrasounds almost twice a week with a high frequency system that has no effect on the foetus and causes no discomfort,” explained Dr. Almunia.

Loro Parque has everything ready to welcome Morgan’s calf and to face the different situations that could arise from its birth.

For more information regarding the Loro Parque’s preparations for the birth of the young calve: http://blog.loroparque.com/loro-parque-anticipates-that-the-orca-morgan-will-give-birth-by-the-end-of-summer/?lang=en

Accreditations

Loro Parque is an accredited zoological facility under the European Zoos Directive and follows strictly all the applicable laws and regulations in the zoo practice. Loro Parque is inspected yearly by the competent authorities. Moreover, Loro Parque applies the highest standards in killer whale management as accredited by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, or the European Association for Aquatic Mammals; and also by independent organizations like the American Humane, ABTA, Biosphere Parks, etc. In 2017, Loro Parque was recognized by the Trip Advisor’s Travel Choice Awards as the Best Zoo in the World.

Loro Parque anticipates that the orca Morgan will give birth by the end of summer

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Loro Parque has confirmed that they expect the orca Morgan to give birth any time after the summer, according to estimates by the Parque’s veterinarians. Morgan, who arrived at the zoological park in Puerto de la Cruz in 2011 after being found dying off the coast of the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands, is now in the final stages of her pregnancy, which will culminate in the arrival of a single calf.

This gestation, as well as the birth and upbringing of the new animal, is a challenge for the experts at Loro Parque, confirmed Dr. Javier Almunia, Director of Loro Parque Fundación.  “All the experience there is, worldwide, on orca births is reduced to about 30 births, but never, in a single case, has it been with a deaf orca,” he says.  “For us, it’s a totally different situation.  We have had deliveries of other orcas, but in this case we have to be much more prepared for what may happen, because the information we have is minimal,” he added.

The care and standard medical training routines of Loro Parque’s orcas have been intensified with Morgan during the months of gestation, which has allowed for an exhaustive monitoring of the foetus and continuous observation of its evolution.  “We do ultrasounds almost twice a week with a high frequency system that has no effect on the foetus and causes no discomfort,” explained Dr. Almunia.

These ultrasounds have allowed veterinarians to see that the foetus is very well positioned, that its heart is beating, and that everything is going as expected, so the Parque staff is now getting prepared to know when the exact time of birth will arrive.  “And we are also getting everything organised so that, in the event that anything goes wrong, we can have everything ready to intervene on the spot,” said the Fundación’s Director.  This is particularly relevant because, in the wild, 50 per cent of orca calves die before their first birthday, and, apart from that, one must take in consideration the handicap of Morgan’s deafness.

As this is the first time that this circumstance has occurred in an orca under human care, experts face some doubts about Morgan’s possible reaction to the birth of her calf, as she may not be able to care for it herself.  That is why it is necessary to have a formula ready to feed the new specimen with ‘mother’s milk’, as well as to try to pump milk from Morgan in order to get all the antibodies it will need, especially during its first year of life.

The team of experts at Loro Parque has been working over the past few months on the preparation of a multitude of materials for the development of the calf after birth, such as an application that allows them to check whether the baby is breathing correctly after its birth or whether it’s nursing from the correct side and with the optimum frequency so that the trainers and vets will know if it’s necessary to intervene.

Thus, thanks to the knowledge and experience of its team of experts, Loro Parque has everything ready to welcome Morgan’s calf and to face the different situations that could arise from its birth.

Loro Parque sees the birth of baby sharks

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Once again, Loro Parque, the world’s best zoo according to TripAdvisor, is proud to witness the progress of the animals that inhabit it. On this occasion, the Parque is celebrating the birth of new young Sandbar Sharks, which have been received with great joy by the Aquarium team. Castiñeiras, a first-time Mum, and Gara, a seasoned second-timer (her first offspring were born in 2016) both of whom now live in Poema del Mar – have become mothers. The babies are another example of what has been achieved at this wildlife conservation centre for this species of shark and are a sure sign of animal welfare. The latter is the main reason why the births are considered a success.

The Sandbar Shark, or Carcharhinus plumbeus, is a species that, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its list of endangered animals, is in a state of vulnerability worldwide. The Sandbar Shark is not very fertile and therefore overfishing poses a risk to the species. It’s also valuable within the shark fishery industry, as it’s one of the largest coastal sharks in the world. Females can reach between two and 2.5 metres in length and males can reach almost two metres.

These animals are quite long-lived, as they can live up to 45 years. They reproduce only once every two years and the gestation period is between eight and 12 months. Another distinctive feature is that they are ovoviviparous; the embryo develops inside an egg but, at a given moment, it’s released from the egg inside the mother’s womb and, when it is born, the baby’s body comes out. Its name derives from the Greek karcharos, meaning sharp’ and rhinos, meaning nose – that is, sharp-nosed fish. Plumbeus is Latin for lead, a nod to the grey colour of the animal.

The team of professionals in this area has put all its effort into taking care of every detail throughout the process which finally has reaped its rewards. The recreation of natural light during the day, moonlight during the night, the adaptation of the water temperature according to the seasons, the control of food and even the night watches during childbirth are just some examples of the work that has been carried out. Later on, the training phase will be started, so that when they are handled for weighing, measuring or clinical testing, they can do so voluntarily and without undergoing any kind of stress. Throughout the entire process, the team gets to know each individual closely and claims that, like every animal, each has its own personality.

Thus Loro Parque reinforces its work with programmes for the protection and reproduction of endangered species. And, in addition, through these ambassadors of their counterparts in the wild, they want to underline the beauty of this animal and raise awareness about the condition in nature of all sharks in general, since the list of endangered species includes 11 species of sharks, and it is estimated that 100 million die each year as a result of human consumption. That is why the work of wildlife conservation centres, such as Loro Parque, is very important because if we do not change this situation, after 400 million years of inhabiting the Earth, they are facing certain extinction.

Vissers senseless trip to the EU Parliament’s Petitions Commission

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Animal rights activist Ingrid Visser constantly doesn’t understand the CITES permit and the regulations of this institution especially the regulation 338/97 that transposes the CITES Convention to the European system. Her interpretation is completely wrong – she already failed on eight occasions in front of different administrative and judicial bodies in the Netherland, who all rejected the claim of her and her Foundation.

Now she aims to talk to the EU Parliament’s Petitions Commission and present it again. Of cause, she wants money to do that and a campaign was started to get money from those, who apparently don’t know that Free Morgan Foundation was never able to clarify how the breeding of a species in Annex A in a zoo can be harmful or negatively affect the conservation of the species. In any case, the existence of specimens under human care reduces and limits the future need for captures of specimens for scientific use, which is undoubtedly beneficial for the species. Therefore, the breeding of Morgan, or any other species of Annex A cannot contravene Article 338/97 or the CITES Convention.

The main argument, which is repeated over and over again, can be summarized in one sentence: The EU has not adequately transposed the regulation 338/97 in the forms of the regulations 865/2006 and 792/2010. Visser and her collaborators from the animal rights industry claim the preprinted forms do not reflect the strict prohibitions of Regulation 338/97. Actually, this is a misinterpretation and bases on (intentional?) misunderstanding by the Free Morgan Foundation. The activist act as if they wouldn’t know the fact, that the prohibitions of the regulation are very clear in article 8 (1) of the regulation, and it is also clear in the 8 (3) that if any of the exceptional circumstances occur, the prohibitions do not apply. The radical animal rights activists persist in interpreting the exceptions to the application of regulation 338/97 as conditions of use, which are also exclusive. When the Free Morgan Foundation has exposed this interpretation to the CITES Management Authorities they have replied that it is wrong.

So, Visser and all those, who collect money, seem to know that they are wrong, they heard it from CITES, many judges and experts again and again. They never gave this information to their followers and donators, at least as far as we know. That’s why there are still people donating to this untrustworthy foundation. Some could say, these people are betrayed, because Visser and the animal rights industry never told them the truth, but we want to let you make your own decision and would like it if you’d share it with us in the comments.

Loro Parque celebrates World Oceans’ Day

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The Loro Parque Company has dedicated today, Friday June 8, to the celebration of World Oceans’ Day at its facilities. This year, when the focus of action is on the prevention of plastic pollution and the search for solutions to keep the oceans cleaner and healthier, the Parks have carried out various educational and awareness-raising activities, which have enabled visitors to learn about the impact of the use of plastic in marine waters and to assess the adoption of responsible and sustainable habits.

In Loro Parque, the student finalists of the Sea of Science competition, which ended a few weeks ago in Poema del Mar, enjoyed an educational visit focused on marine exhibitions and were able to see for themselves the marine conservation projects implemented by the Loro Parque Foundation. In addition, the children of the Gabriel Duque Acosta school, who visited the park today, were able to enjoy a workshop dedicated to raising awareness of the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands and the negative effects that plastic can have on it. In the recently opened aquarium in Gran Canaria, recycling workshops were held and several shark and turtle feeding sessions with expert commentary were also organised.

In a context where the mounting build-up of plastics in the oceans is seriously affecting marine biodiversity, the role of wildlife conservation centres in their protection is particularly important. Thus, through these actions, the Company seeks to make its visitors aware of the environmental problems faced by the oceans and the different species that inhabit them, with special emphasis on the effects of marine debris.

 

Loro Parque’s commitment to the marine environment

The Loro Parque Company has always maintained a strong link with the marine environment, to which the Loro Parque Foundation dedicates enormous efforts via the financing of different research and conservation projects.

One such outstanding venture is the Whale Bay project, which began last March on the island of Boavista, in the only known breeding site for this species in the North Eastern Atlantic, to monitor one of the four most threatened populations of humpback whales in the world. The number of females with calves has risen to 15-16, which is very acceptable given that no newborns were observed at all in 2016. Thanks to Whale Bay, scientific data has been collected to support the declaration of Sal-Rei Bay as a marine protected area for the conservation of humpback whales; a code of conduct or good practice among whale-watching operators and vessels will be promoted and adopted; and national and international biologists will be trained in basic cetacean study techniques.

Another interesting project, recently initiated in Sardina del Norte, Gran Canaria, is one linked to the protection of the angelshark, co-financed by the Loro Parque Foundation and in which the Poema del Mar aquarium collaborates with outreach work. It’s complementary to another one initiated in 2016 for the identification of specimens of angelshark and a subsequent census. The project seeks to contribute to the conservation of this species by means of its continuous monitoring and the establishment of movement patterns, the description of its habitat and public awareness of its existence and the need to protect it.

These two projects are in addition to many others in which Loro Parque Foundation is involved, and which provide a better understanding of the marine environment and the species that inhabit it, resulting in its protection and conservation.

Does Free Morgan Foundation betray their followers?

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„Fly Morgan the Orca to EU Parliament” is the headline of the campaign of Free Morgan Foundation (FMF). The untrustworthy organization explains: “Finally, after more than three years of the FMF raising awareness, the European Union Parliament will discuss issues involving Morgan.” This is not correct.

“Alerted only days ago, scientist Dr Ingrid N. Visser, and lawyer Matthew Spiegl, will have the chance to speak to the Parliament about the issues with Morgan’s permit and the violations that have been committed against her.” This is simply a lie.

The radical activists will not speak to the parliament. Both will have the chance to talk to the Petitions Commission of the European Parliament and if they are lucky 10-20 of the more than 750 MEPS will attend the meeting. This is a secondary commission formed by a small group of MEPs were any petition from any citizen of the EU can be heard, no matter how strange or weird the petition is they consider it and pass the question to the relevant body in the EU.

During the next days we will refute Free Morgan Foundation’s claims in detail in order to show you, that Ingrid Visser and her collaborators have not a single argument – they just stick to a misinterpretation of basic regulations of CITES and the EU. Eight courts and a lot of experts already explained, that they are wrong.

So, stay alert, if you are interested in the refutation in English, German and Spanish. We would like to know your opinion: Is Free Morgan Foundation betraying their followers, when they say, they would “speak to the Parliament”? Please, leave your opinion in the comment section below.

Loro Parque to host the 2022 world zoos reunion

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Loro Parque, the best zoo in the world according to TripAdvisor, has been selected for the 77th WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums) conference to be held in 2022.  The association, which has more than 300 members made up of the world’s most renowned zoos and aquariums, including Loro Parque, organises this event every year with the aim of exchanging knowledge and experience among experts in the field to continue contributing to the conservation of wildlife.

WAZA announced its decision on Wednesday, May 9, in a statement about its event-planning.  In essence, it’s a unifying organisation for the global zoos and aquariums community that guides, encourages and supports them.  It does so with a focus on animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.  Its main objective is for everyone to optimise their contribution to the conservation of life in nature.

To conclude its resolution, the association made a selection among the proposals received from all the zoos and aquariums members, from Asia, North America, Africa and Europe.  To this end, and prior to the aforementioned proposals, a discussion session was held in Antwerp.  Finally WAZA chose the Moscow Zoo to host the 76th WAZA Conference in 2021, and Loro Parque, to host the 77th WAZA Conference of 2022.

“Loro Parque is very happy to have been chosen to host the 77th Annual WAZA Conference in 2022,” said Wolfgang Kiessling, President of Loro Parque.  “This major event will allow us to emphasise the importance of zoos and aquariums in preventing the extinction of wildlife.  One of the examples, which demonstrates the extent of the contribution to this cause, is the common knowledge and experience of zoos in breeding endangered animals, offering many species the only chance they have for survival” he said.

WAZA’s Executive Director, Doug Cress, also commented on the decision “The Moscow Zoo and Loro Parque presented incredibly strong offers to organise a conference in the future and, as our conference grows each year, we look forward to being received by these two outstanding organisations.

Loro Parque successfully launch an underwater garden unique in the world

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Yesterday afternoon, Thursday May 31st, Loro Parque inaugurated a new, never-before-seen exhibition.  It’s an unprecedented landscape aquarium, the first of its kind to be built in the world.  Called the Zen Garden, it’s inspired by Japanese gardens and the majestic mountain ranges of Asia and can be found at the AquaViva exhibition, home to the most spectacular jellyfish.

More than 200 people, including political and civil authorities and representatives of the business world, were the first to enjoy this submerged garden that amazed everyone present, who were unanimous in appreciating the great work done in the installation.  Special mention should be made of the presence of the Japanese Consul from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Takeshi Nakajima, who accompanied the authorities during the opening ceremony.

This unique space has been designed by Yago Alonso, an outstanding student of Takashi Amano, the famous watercolorist and landscape photographer of international renown, who invented this type of submerged landscape using gardening techniques inside aquariums.

Some characteristics that make it special are the use of fresh water in the installation or the presence of species of animals and plants in its interior, uncommon and yet fascinating.  Exotic fish, snails and small shrimp live together in this space where the main protagonist is the balance between flora and fauna.

The harmony and stability of the Zen Garden is such that it is self-supporting, maintaining itself and continuing without the necessity of the intervention of the human hand once the space has been designed.  This factor is considered a key goal in the art of aquascaping, a technique used in its creation.

From today, Friday, June 1, all our visitors will be able to enjoy this innovative installation in the AquaViva exhibition, with which it blends in perfect harmony due to its exotic atmosphere.

Loro Parque Foundation Is Saving Nine Parrot Species From Extinction

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By Sarah Sharkey

The Loro Parque Foundation has been able to save nine parrot species from extinction. That’s right, nine! An impressive number that has earned them the reputation of the most effective non-profit organization in the area.

The organization spent over 18 million dollars in order to save these beautiful parrots from leaving us forever. The detail about which parrots they saved can be found below.

The Yellow-eared Parrot in Columbia has rebounded from a population of just 82 birds and critically endangered to a status of endangered. They aren’t out of the woods yet, but they are on the way to a stable population.  The Red-tailed Cockatoo population in the Philippines has grown from 22 to 1,200 birds strong. The Blue-throated Macaw in Bolivia is still critically endangered, but their population numbers are slowly rising which is an amazing step of progress.

The Red-tailed Amazon in Brazil has a growing population that has been encouraged by articila nests provided by the Loro Parque Foundation. The Lear’s Macaw in Brazil grew from less than 200 birds to over 1,300. A huge increase that has moved them from the critically endangered category to endangered. The Echo Parakeet found on the Island of Mauricio has grown from 12 birds to over 500! The black-cheeked lovebird in Zambia is being studied in hopes that a recovery can happen. The blue-headed Macaw in Peru has moved from endangered to vulnerable, a huge step in the right direction.

Finally, the horned parakeet in New Caledonia is has been thriving and moved from an endangered to vulnerable status.

All of these steps are big steps in the right direction. Without the Loro Parque Foundation, it is likely these birds would just fade from our planet. Hopefully, the foundation can continue to save amazing animals like these.

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The Zen Garden, balance between two worlds in Loro Parque

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It’s only a matter of days before Loro Parque inaugurates its new exhibition, a unique aquarium landscape where the main protagonist is the balance between the flora and fauna that coexist in its interior.  Called the Zen Garden, it will evoke the beauty of the perfect balance inherent in the planet’s ecosystems, which is unfortunately being lost in the natural environment.

Thus, the synergy between botany, multidiscipline aquarium specialities and light that characterises this innovative exhibition will perfectly represent the wonders of nature.  Due to its exotic atmosphere, and ideal to accompany it in perfect harmony, the Zen Garden will be located in AquaViva, home of the most spectacular jellyfish from tropical seas.

This aquarium landscape is unprecedented as it is the first of its kind to be built in the world.  Some features that make it special are the use of fresh water in the installation or the presence of plant species inside, rare and yet fascinating.  Exotic fish, snails and small shrimp live together in this space where the main protagonist is the balance between flora and fauna.

The harmony and stability of the Zen Garden is such that it is self-supporting, maintaining itself and continuing without the necessity of the intervention of the human hand once the space has been designed.  This factor is considered a key goal in the art of aquascaping, a technique used in its creation.

The space is dominated by shadows, an element highly valued in Japanese culture as an aesthetic feature because they are considered to awaken the imagination of the observer through covert rather than overt exhibition.  Thus, this water garden invites visitors to discover an exhibition of a delicacy and spectacularity never before seen.

Through this innovative underwater garden, Loro Parque, as a wildlife conservation centre, wants to emphasise the importance of maintaining the balance of the natural environment ecosystems that represent the wonders of nature.  The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, June 1, after its official opening on Thursday, May 31.