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!

The Loro Parque Company consolidates its position as a leading tourism group at FITUR

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The Loro Parque Company, made up of Loro Parque, Siam Park, Poema del Mar, The Loro Parque Foundation, Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden and Brunelli’s Steakhouse, is once again present at the prestigious FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair, held in Madrid, to showcase the latest in leisure parks, hotels and restaurants.

From January 22nd to 26th, you can visit the company’s stand – 9D02 – in pavilion nine, where you will find all kinds of information, novelties and news.  By attending this event, the company, which has already arranged numerous meetings with tour operators, strengthens its position as a leading tourism group.

Loro Parque, an impressive animal embassy

Loro Parque is an impressive animal embassy that offers the unique experience of experiencing wildlife like never before, with species and ecosystems from all five continents, from the lush Amazon rainforest to the cold landscapes of Antarctica.  Thus, visitors can discover the wonders and splendid beauty of the natural world without having to travel to all these far-flung corners of the planet.

Among its main attractions are the impressive and educational presentations of Orcas and Dolphins, as well as the legendary Loro Show, in addition to the shy Red Pandas, the majestic Lions of Angola and the largest and most diverse reserve of Parrots in the world.  The Pygmy Hippopotami, whose home is perfectly adapted to the needs of its species, or the charismatic Ringed-Tailed Lemurs, so beloved for their cinematic career, also stand out. A novelty is the farm of asexually reproduced Corals, inaugurated in 2019 and through which visitors will be able to closely observe the work the Parque does with these organisms that occupy an absolutely essential place for the oceans and the production of oxygen.

Thus, it is not surprising that Loro Parque has received a large number of awards worldwide, which reward its commitment to excellence and its total concern for animal welfare.  In its more than 47 years of history and after having received almost 50 million visitors to its facilities, the Parque has received the Plaque and Gold Medal for Tourism Merit awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands Government; the city of Puerto de La Cruz and the Tenerife Island Council, among other awards.  Loro Parque is also the only company in the Canary Islands that has received the recognition of 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 entity American Humane (USA).

For Loro Parque, these recognitions imply a responsibility and it 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 10 species from imminent extinction.  Also, as part of this commitment, since 2018 the Parque has implemented a strategy to eliminate single-use plastic, becoming one of the first zoos in Europe to replace plastic water bottles with other biodegradable and compostable ones, thus stopping these single-use bottles from being produced as waste..  By 2020, more than 90 per cent of this material will have been eliminated.

Along these lines, the Parque presents its traditional Gorilla Prize every year, with which it promotes environmental responsibility, taking into account the strategies and actions to conserve biodiversity and the sustainable use of resources.  In 2019, it chose to award Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, for their customer-oriented policy, with a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, in addition to recognising Jet2.com as the first airline to reduce the use of plastic on board.

Also, as part of this philosophy, at the end of 2019, Loro Parque in conjunction with the University of La Laguna, in Tenerife, organised an event to raise awareness about the impact of plastic on the planet.  Sculptures made with recycled materials will be installed in different places of reference on the island, which will serve to awaken the consciences of locals and visitors and encourage them to change their habits.

More information at: https://www.loroparque.com/

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Siam Park: the best water park in the world for the sixth consecutive year is in Spain

There is no doubt: Siam Park is the best water park on the face of the earth, and it is in Spain.  This has been confirmed by the Travellers’ Choice Award, which Siam Park has received for six years in a row thanks to the positive ratings given by 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 also the only one that has received this award since TripAdvisor started the ‘water parks’ category six years ago.

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

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

And for those who seek relaxation in an exclusive atmosphere, Siam Park offers Siam Beach, the most heavenly beach with artificial waves 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-visit venue if you travel to the Canary Islands.

More information at: https://siampark.net/

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

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

Just two years after its opening, this great aquarium offers its visitors a unique opportunity: a trip to the deepest ocean via its Deep Sea exhibit, which has the largest curved display window in the world, measuring 36 metres wide, 7.35 metres high and 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 an unparalleled environment, the wonders of the ocean depths, and the around 3,000 specimens of up to 40 different species that swim in its dark waters.

Once inside the aquarium, the visitors begin the tour by immersing themselves in the first of the sections, La Jungla, which reproduces landscapes from all over the planet in a tribute to the five continents.  Next, Arrecife invites you to take a walk around a huge cylinder with a volume of 400,000 litres of water that exhibits a great variety of coral and fish and, finally, you will be able to discover the aforementioned Deep Sea.

Poema del Mar has a strong commitment to innovation, biodiversity conservation and excellence in sustainable tourism. Not in vain, the authorities of the Canary Islands consider it “of strategic interest for the region”, which reinforces the promotion of Gran Canaria, and of the whole archipelago, as one of the best tourist destinations at an international level.

More information at: https://poema-del-mar.com/

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The Loro Parque Foundation: 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 Foundation, an international non-profit organisation specialising in the conservation and protection of species of parrots and marine mammals, amongst other animals, that are in danger of extinction.

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

Their numbers and results speak for themselves: more than US$21.2 million invested in nearly 200 projects across five continents, and 10 species of parrots directly saved from imminent extinction.

In addition, The Loro Parque Foundation 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.  Among these, CanBio stands out, a research program financed jointly by Loro Parque and the Canary Islands Government and through which different research groups from the University of La Laguna and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are studying climate change at sea and ocean acidification and its effects on the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands and Macaronesia, especially on cetaceans, turtles, sharks and rays.

More information at: http://www.loroparque-fundacion.org/

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Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden, elegance and comfort

The 5***** Grand Luxury Hotel Botánico ensures the highest quality as it belongs to The Leading Hotels of the World organisation.  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 make its customers feel they are in a unique place.

Recently, it has received the TUI Holly 2020; TUI Environmental Champion 2020, and Condé Nast Johansens 2019 awards for the best Spa destination in Europe and the Mediterranean, which joined another long list of recognitions.  Thus, the Hotel Botánico has once again seen its position reinforced as a sure and quality choice when it comes to spending a holiday in Tenerife.

Its offer of relaxation and beauty is enhanced by its exclusive Oriental Spa Garden, with new anti-stress and détox treatments carried out with aloe vera and ayurveda.  It also offers beauty treatments by the prestigious Dr. Krulig.  An extraordinary vacation in one of the most beautiful surroundings of the north of Tenerife would be, without a doubt, a true gift.

More information at: https://hotelbotanico.com/

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‘Botánico Slim & Wellness’, a unique concept of dietary haute cuisine in Tenerife

Under the direction of Patrick Jarno, who made a name for himself with his food concept in Brittany, the Hotel Botánico this year launched its Botánico Slim & Wellness concept, a holiday that is only possible in Puerto de La Cruz, Tenerife, a place known for having the best climate in the world 365 days a year.

A painstaking proposal, developed hand in hand with renowned chefs from the French region of Brittany, eliminates fat, promotes the intelligent consumption of proteins and carbohydrates and enhances the primary flavours of the ingredients and the freshness of the products.  These, cooked in the right proportion, provide a feeling of fullness without sacrificing the pleasure of eating.

The diet is based on the separation of food into three main groups – alkaline, acidic and neutral – and is complemented by moderate physical exercise.  At the same time, thanks to pleasant organised walks, you can enjoy the nature and unique landscapes of the island of Tenerife, or the magnificent parks in the surrounding area.  Equally important is the use of fresh and excellent quality products, from the hotel’s own organic crops, which are transformed, thanks to careful culinary techniques, into meticulously-studied and prepared recipes in which the food preserves all its nutrients with an enhanced flavour.

With this proposal, which includes Taichi, Yoga, Qigong, Pilates and meditation classes at The Oriental Spa Garden, recognised as the best spa destination in Europe and the Mediterranean, it’s possible to recover a slender figure and a vitality and energy that provide well-being and balance in body and mind.

More information at: https://hotelbotanico.com/ y https://slimandwellness.com/

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Brunelli’s: four years offering the best meat this side of the Atlantic

Brunelli’s restaurant, located opposite Loro Parque, is celebrating because it has been rated as the “benchmark of great meat in the Canary Islands” by important gastronomy supplements such as Metrópolis, from El Mundo, and as “the best meat restaurant in Tenerife” by TripAdvisor in 2018.  In addition, it has recently been awarded the Plato 2020 in the new Michelin Guide.

Since its opening four years ago, this establishment set-up in the style of typical American steakhouses has revolutionised the gastronomic offer of Puerto de La Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, with its impressive range of meats: T-bone steak from Avila, Black Angus entrecôte, etc.  The best cuts cooked in a very special way, thanks to Brunelli’s special oven, unique in the Canary Islands, capable of grilling the meat at 800º, keeping in all the flavour and providing one of the juiciest textures possible.

Its offer is completed with an excellent wine list, varied desserts, a meticulous service, and the possibility of contemplating the best sunsets of the island from its large terrace open to the sea.  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.

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Kiessling demands a protected area for marine mammals throughout Macaronesia

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Source: EFE

The president of the Loro Parque group, Wolfgang Kiessling, demands that the marine animals living in the waters of Macaronesia should be protected by creating a “protected area for marine mammals”. An initiative that he believes would be of great help to nature.

In an interview with EFE, Kiessling said that since 1988 he has been calling for the creation of this protected area, “something that does not cost fishermen or any government anything”, and said he was convinced that nearby countries such as Morocco would be interested in such protection of the waters around the five archipelagos located in the Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands, Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde and Wild Islands).

The President of Loro Parque recalled that the CanBio project, signed with the Canary Islands Government and involving the two public universities of the Canary Islands, was launched to study marine climate change and ocean acidification and its impact on marine biodiversity in the Canary Islands and the rest of Macaronesia, particularly on whales, sea turtles, sharks and rays.

Kiessling points out that when his zoo in Puerto de la Cruz opened its doors 48 years ago, there were only parrots and cockatoos, but with the arrival of dolphins and killer whales, the interest of the research done by the Loro Parque Fundación has expanded to the oceans.

The president of the Loro Parque group, Wolfgang Kiessling, demands that the marine animals living in the waters of Macaronesia should be protected by creating a “protected area for water mammals”. An initiative that he believes would be a great help to nature. EFE/Ramón de la Rocha.

According to him, in the 25 years of its existence, the Loro Parque Fundación has invested 21.2 million dollars in 180 projects. 47 of these projects are still running and thanks to them ten endangered species have been saved.

Rescued species include the Yellow-eared conure from Colombia, the Lear’s Macaw from Brazil, the Red-tailed Amazon or Amazona Brasiliensis from Brazil, the Blue-headed Macaw from Peru, the Cuban Amazon, the Mauritius Parrot from Mauritius, the Horned Parakeet from New Caledonia, the Black-cheeked lovebird from Zambia, the Goffin Cockatoo from Indonesia and the Salvadori White-eared conure from Brazil.

The president of Loro Parque has a very critical attitude towards the consequences of climate change and points out that 100 years ago, with two billion people on earth, there were ten million elephants. “Today there are 350,000 elephants and every day 100 are killed,” says Kiessling. He fears that in ten years there will be no more elephants, “because the stupidity of those who need some ivory is too great. The same thing has happened to the lions and tigers. Even though they simply reproduce, their population has declined in recent years to 25,000 wild animals.

Africa and South America, the forgotten

He also stresses that almost a billion animals have died in Australian forest fires, “but we’re not talking about the fires that occur in Africa or South America,” continents where a lot of flora and fauna is also being destroyed. “Climate change will be very difficult to correct,” says Kiessling, who doesn’t understand how activists can dismiss the existence of zoos, although he believes such centers act as protectors of wildlife and guarantee that they will not become extinct. “If there were no zoos, the most important thing would be to create them,” defends the owner of Loro Parque. He has therefore pointed out that the guiding principle of the institution has changed and it is now an “animal embassy”. Because, he says, it is clear to him that if zoos did not act as embassies for wild animals, “nobody would do it”.

Plastic, the “enemy of mankind”

He believes that the population growth that has already taken place and will continue to take place in the coming years requires space that “we don’t have” for everything. Even for waste. “We have contaminated our soil and seas with a material that is destroying our environment – plastic,” he says before emphasizing that his company has been a pioneer in the fight against the use of plastic. A material that has become an enemy of humanity and whose elimination “will take a very long time”.

With the help of recycled plastic collected during various beach cleanings together with students, staff and other volunteers, sculptures were created, inspired by the poems of Néstor Martín Fernández de la Torre. In the process, an attempt was also made to make young people aware of the harmful effects of plastic on nature through actions at the university, he explains.

With regard to this year’s projects, Kiessling mentions the construction of further pools for the whales, the provision of 400 new parking spaces in both Loro Parque and Siam Park, and the installation of a four-megawatt photovoltaic system to generate solar energy on Gran Canaria. This energy is produced in addition to the three megawatts processed in the Loro Parque plant and another 10 Mw plant in Arico. This means that the clean energy generated by this company is higher than the energy consumed in its plants, emphasizes Kiessling.