An update on the progress of Morgan’s calf

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We are pleased to report that Morgan’s calf is continuing to gain weight and is growing stronger every day. Morgan’s milk production has been lower than what is required to meet the young calf’s nutritional needs, so it has been necessary to introduce regular bottle feeding. That decision is already showing positive results and the team of experts who are monitoring the calf around the clock are encouraged by its physical and mental progress as the young orca swims and plays.

While we would rather see Morgan able to breastfeed, the health and wellbeing of the calf are the top priority. In the wild, orca calves do not survive if their mothers are unable to produce enough milk.

Fortunately – thanks to our world-leading facilities, vets, and consultants – we can provide the calf with a specialized and nutritious formula consisting of milk, blended fish, and other essential vitamins and ingredients that are combined with the milk Morgan is able to produce. The formula has been developed by marine mammal veterinarians and animal nutritionists and it is clear that the calf is feeling the benefits.

In the interests of safety for mother, calf, and the experts assisting them, while bottle feeding takes place the pair are currently in different pools immediately adjacent to one another. Both mother and calf show signs they are relaxed and comfortable while this period of bottle feeding takes place.

We offer our heartfelt thanks once again for the continued messages of support. The team will continue to provide updates as and when we have new information.

Loro Parque welcomes the American Humane Association Board of Directors

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Loro Parque has received, this morning, Thursday October 11, the Board of Directors and some collaborators of the American Humane Association, who have come to the Islands directly from the U.S. to get to know the facilities of the zoo recognised as the best in the world according to TripAdvisor.

The delegation, headed by its CEO and president, Dr. Robin Ganzert, toured the different exhibitions and were able to enjoy the presentations of the orcas and dolphins offered by the Parque, in addition to learning first hand the work of the Loro Parque Foundation in conservation matters thanks to a relaxed talk with its director Dr. Javier Almunia.

Dr. Ganzert was accompanied by the famous actress and producer Barbara Niven, as well as by the well-known Mrs. Candy Spelling, author and widow of the famous Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling. Their marriage gave birth to two children, actor Randy Gene Spelling and Victoria Davey (Tori) Spelling, known for appearing in several Aaron Spelling productions, the most notable being Beverly Hills 90210.

Also with them were John Payne, president of the Board of Directors – with over 33 years of experience in the animal care industry and founder of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a group of highly reputable veterinary hospitals – and Dawn Assenzio, secretary of the Board and organiser of the famous K-9 Battle Buddies, an event that honours the bravery and courage of military dogs and their handlers.

Wellbeing certificate

In 2017, this prestigious entity certified the positive welfare status of all the animals in Loro Parque, which became the first zoo in Europe to achieve this standard. Amongst the many aspects taken into consideration, the excellent state of health and housing; positive social interactions within animal groups, and between animals and carers; safe environments, with appropriate lighting and sound levels, good air quality and thermoregulation; and evidence of preparedness and protocols in place to prevent and manage medical emergencies were highlighted.

American Humane, an association with more than 140 years of experience, focuses its efforts on ensuring the welfare of animals through the evaluation of various parameters of the life of the specimens that inhabit zoos, aquariums and centres of conservation around the world. It’s also responsible for the famous phrase “No animal has been harmed during the filming of this film”, which appears in Hollywood feature films thanks to its ‘Humane Hollywood’ programme, which ensures the welfare of all animals in productions.

The IX Loro Parque Foundation Parrot Congress, a resounding success

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A resounding success: that is the summary of the IX Parrot Congress organised by the Loro Parque Foundation and held last week in Tenerife, where 850 congress participants of 47 different nationalities met.  The experience, unique in the world, counted on the participation of the most recognised experts in the field worldwide.

This record number of nationalities present has allowed the interaction of the congress participants with various professionals and experts in different scientific areas, native to each continent where the Loro Parque Foundation develops multiple conservation projects among which are those that have managed to save nine parrot species from extinction.  Up to now the Loro Parque Foundation has donated over 18 million dollars to support conservation projects for endangered species around the world.

During the Congress some of the most successful results obtained so far by the projects carried out by the Foundation were detailed, which show that the protection of parrot species also favours the protection of other species.  Thus, thanks to these projects it has even been possible to identify new species of fauna -especially reptiles- as well as flora.

A total of 22 international speakers, whose conferences were simultaneously translated into four languages, have contributed their experiences and knowledge throughout this week in which, in addition to talks, many other actions were carried out.  This year, in response to an unprecedented demand, intensive workshops were given in the days following the Congress, in which different experts have offered direct training in different fields linked to the world of conservation.

This Congress, unique in the world due to its nature and extraordinary convocation capacity, has moved some 1,000 people around the Island, congress attendees and their companions, who have been able to enjoy the excellence of the climate of Puerto de la Cruz as well as the biodiversity of the Canary Islands.  The social programme of the convention also included an impressive typical Canarian dinner in the Plaza del Palacio Municipal in La Orotava; another, no less important, in the Auditorium of Santa Cruz de Tenerife; a visit to the Island of Gran Canaria to enjoy the Poema del Mar Aquarium, and, finally, a memorable Gala Dinner in the gardens of the Botánico Hotel.

Big week in Loro Parque

 As part of the celebration of the IX Parrot Congress, Loro Parque has also inaugurated its new installation of Pygmy Hippos.  The event was enjoyed by a large number of congress attendees, as well as numerous local authorities and representatives of the private sector, who were able to observe up-close an unparalleled naturalised space designed especially by the Park’s team for the new arrivals.

In addition, also as part of the Congress programme, the Loro Parque Foundation has awarded the prestigious Gorilla Prize to Rosemary Low, a passionate defender of parrots who has dedicated her life to these birds through breeding and conservation.  This year saw the fifteenth edition of this award, which emphasises environmental responsibility, taking into account strategies and actions to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of resources.

Loro Parque Foundation awards the best End-of-Graduate Studies in Science at the University of La Laguna

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The Loro Parque Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose objectives include the conservation of endangered species and their habitats, the promotion of scientific research aimed at the conservation of biodiversity and education and awareness of threats affecting the planet, sponsors the Awards of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of La Laguna to the best End of Grade Work (TFG) presented during the academic year 2017-18, with the aim of stimulating educational excellence and encouraging efforts related to the conservation of both terrestrial and marine biodiversity, as well as protection and environmental sustainability.

Applications must be submitted to the Secretary of the Faculty of Sciences in writing or by e-mail addressed to the Secretary of the Faculty of Sciences (secretci@ull.edu.es), expressing interest in participating in this competition, indicating the name of the author of the TFG, as well its title. The deadline for submission will be Monday 29 October, 2018 at 2pm.

Two groups of four prizes will be awarded.  On the one hand, the best TFGs presented in Biology  will be awarded, and on the other in the degrees of Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.  In all cases, the prize amounts will be as follows: a first prize of €1,200, a second prize of €800, a third prize of €600 and a fourth prize of €400. The awards will be presented at a public event as part of the activities organised at the Faculty of Science to celebrate the feast of its patron.

In the case of the Biology awards, any of those registered in the academic year 2017-2018 will be eligible. In the case of the Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, to be eligible for the competition the papers presented should deal with the following themes: conservation and biodiversity of the terrestrial and marine environment; evaluation and management of the natural environment; environmental sustainability, environmental protection and environmental education; and water and waste management.

  Regulations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vqYUQyai7p-MmTtkPAEBC01yR5gw2HYy/view

Loro Parque awards the Gorilla Prize 2017 to Rosemary Low

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The great hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife bore witness yesterday afternoon, Wednesday September 26, to the presentation of the prestigious Gorilla Award 2017 to Rosemary Low, a passionate defender of parrots who has dedicated her life to these birds through breeding and conservation.  This year celebrates the fifteenth edition of this award, which emphasises environmental responsibility, addressing strategies and actions to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of resources.

The event, which was held within the framework of the IX International Parrot Congress organised every four years by the Loro Parque Foundation, welcomed more than a thousand guests.  Numerous authorities, civil, military, consular and private sector representatives accompanied the hundreds of congress attendees, of more than 40 nationalities, who are visiting the island this week attracted by this world famous convention.

Wolfgang Kiessling, President of the Loro Parque Company, wanted to highlight the work of Rosemary Low, who for years was a Bird Curator at the Parque, and who has dedicated her entire life to the breeding and conservation of parrot species.  Her principles and values, Kiessling emphasised, are the same that move Loro Parque, prioritising the protection of nature at a time when the human population is growing exponentially and, consequently, the resources and habitats of wild animals become more limited and are in worse conditions.

For her part, Rosemary Low highlighted Loro Parque Foundation’s conservation achievements in a speech that recalled her first visit, in 1984, and her more than 30 years of relationship with a Parque to which she has a special affection.  “It has been a privilege to be involved with Loro Parque and the Foundation for so long,” she said.

About Rosemary Low:

Rosemary Low is a prolific writer, and her numerous articles and books have been translated into many languages.  She was the first to publish a book on parrot conservation.  This book, called Endangered Parrots, was first published in 1984, and a revised version was published in 1994.  She is currently working on a more complete version that will bear the name Parrot Conservation: A view across four Decades.

Rosemary has visited 29 countries, many in South America, to observe parrots in the wild.  There she has been involved in conservation projects, about which she has written extensively and for which she has been invited to numerous conferences in Europe, Australia, the USA and Brazil.  She is a tireless fighter for parrot conservation.

Since she raised money for the Imperial Amazon during the first International Parrot Congress in 1986, she has been involved in numerous parrot conservation projects for which she raises funds.

She has owned parrots since 1958 and tends to say “We are privileged to be able to enjoy these sensitive, impressive, beautiful and intelligent creatures”.  We can share these feelings of hers in her most recent book Understanding Parrots – Cues from Nature.

Her long experience and profound knowledge have made her an icon in the field of parrot breeding.

An update on the newborn calf of the orca Morgan

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Nothing matters more to us than the health and wellbeing of the animals in our care. As we updated earlier this week, a team of veterinarians and external consultants has been monitoring the progress of Morgan and her calf around the clock since birth.

The primary focus during these crucial first days has been ensuring the calf is getting all the nourishment it needs. While natural breastfeeding is always the preferred option, Morgan’s milk production has been below what is needed in these first few days. Therefore, the veterinary team has assisted by temporarily bottle feeding the calf while giving Morgan the chance to increase her milk supply.

We are glad to say that mother and calf have now resumed natural breastfeeding and the experts are pleased with the strong bond the pair have developed. With the help of our state-of-the-art facilities and assistance from world-leading experts, the team continues to closely observe the situation to ensure that Morgan and her baby establish a good, healthy and natural feeding routine. However, we are, of course, ready to step in to help if there is the slightest concern that the calf’s nutritional needs are not being met.

We wish to thank everyone who has been in contact with us in these past few days and have been touched by the many messages of support. We will keep you posted with all the latest information as things unfold.

Loro Parque inaugurates the new exhibition of Pygmy Hippos

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Loro Parque has inaugurated today, Tuesday September 25, the new facilities for the Pygmy Hippos, in an act that was attended by the President of Loro Parque Wolfgang Kiessling, Tenerife’s Tourism Councillor Alberto Bernabé, and the Mayor of Puerto de La Cruz Lope Afonso, among other authorities. These new members of the Parque’s family, two females arriving directly from Germany and the Czech Republic, now live together in a naturalised facility specially designed for them.

Nearly a thousand people, including political and civil authorities and representatives of the business sector, as well as attendees of the IX Parrot Congress organised by the Loro Parque Foundation, which takes place this week and has hosted on the island more than 800 participants from over 40 different nationalities, have been able to contemplate this new exhibition in which Adela and Malela, as the Hippos are called, act as representatives of their fellows in nature, who face serious problems, especially the destruction of their habitat.

Loro Parque has designed an unparalleled naturalised space for the newcomer Pygmy Hippos, whose new home is perfectly adapted to the needs of their species. The installation has floor heating and a complete water filtration system, an essential element for these animals, who need to keep their bodies hydrated and at an adequate temperature. Thus, the exhibition recreates a marshy, humid and leafy area, similar to the dense African lowland forests of which this species is native, and which usually always live around the banks of a river.

Visitors to the Park can now observe their daily activity in detail thanks to a large window that shows these charismatic hippos in their maximum splendour. Although this species is characterised by its shyness and nocturnal habits, the design of the facility allows us to know them better and become more aware of the need to protect them.

As an endangered species according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the role of wildlife conservation centres such as Loro Parque is essential to make their situation visible and to make visitors aware of the importance of protecting them to avoid their disappearance.

So, after the grand opening of the Zen Garden just a few months ago – a submerged garden unique on the planet – and after receiving the recent recognition of TripAdvisor as the best zoo in the world for the second year in a row, Loro Parque is once again bringing new surprises for those who appreciate its great commitment to wildlife in all its beauty and diversity.

Loro Parque Foundation kicks off its IX Parrot Congress

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Loro Parque Foundation’s IX International Parrot Congress of Loro Parque Fundación was presented this morning, Tuesday, September 25, at Puerto de La Cruz’s Congress Centre.  The event, unique in the world, has attracted to the island some 800 participants of 47 different nationalities, and celebrated its opening last night in the wonderful facilities of the Hotel Botánico.

The press conference was attended by the Mayor of Puerto de La Cruz, Lope Afonso Hernández, the President of the Loro Parque Company, Wolfgang Kiessling, and the Scientific Director of Loro Parque Foundation, Rafael Zamora.

Firstly, the President of the Loro Parque Company wanted to highlight the importance of an event such as the International Parrot Congress, which is held every four years and brings together in Puerto de La Cruz the most important experts in the field worldwide, in a unique environment.  He also took the opportunity to review the latest developments in the Parque, such as the new installation for the Pygmy Hippos, which was inaugurated this afternoon, and highlighting the Company’s ongoing commitment to nature, using as an example the strategy for the elimination of single-use plastic in their installations, which is already in its final phase.

For his part, the Mayor of Puerto highlighted how Loro Parque has been able to organise the largest congress of the decade, bringing together a large number of people who will be enjoying the scientific interchange, but also the city, the Hotel Botánico, and of course, the rest of the Islands.  In addition, he pointed out that it’s another opportunity to put the name of Puerto de La Cruz in the forefront of the minds of people in the five continents from which the congress attendees come.

Finally, the Foundation’s Scientific Director, Rafael Zamora, assured that among the topics that will be dealt with in the Congress are animal welfare, parrot conservation – a very important part of the Loro Parque Foundation, which has been working for years with recognised successes – and the maintenance of birds in a controlled environment.  Zamora also stressed that this is a unique event, bringing together more than 1,000 people in a tourism that looks to protect nature.

In this edition, and in response to an unprecedented demand, intensive workshops will be given during the three days following the Congress, in which different experts will offer direct training in different fields linked to the world of conservation.

For more information about the IX Parrot Conference: http://www.loroparque-fundacion.org/congreso/index.php/es/

An update on the newborn calf of the orca Morgan

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The first days in the life of a cetacean are critical and we have all been encouraged by Morgan’s strong maternal instincts and the way she is nurturing and taking care of her calf. Establishing breastfeeding is crucial in this early phase and our team of veterinarians and external consultants are closely monitoring both mother and calf to see that this happens. Over the first 24 hours Morgan’s milk production has been lower than we would like, meaning it may be necessary to introduce bottle feeding to ensure that the calf is getting the nourishment it needs. We sincerely hope that nature can take its course and that Morgan can feed her calf independently. However, we are watching the situation carefully and will assist with bottle feeding, if the experts consider that the life of the calf is at risk.

We wish to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the kind messages we have received from all over the world as we celebrate the birth of Morgan’s calf. We will continue to provide updates as they enjoy their first days together.

Scientists considering capturing sick orca J50 to give her medical treatment

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Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/4442164/scientists-sick-orca-j50-treatment/

With the condition of sick orca J50 growing increasingly dire, scientists are now considering a last-ditch plan to capture the emaciated killer whale for treatment.

“Most of us think J50 is really sick,” Vancouver Aquarium head veterinarian Martin Haulena said.

“She is in such poor body condition that every other whale that has ever looked like her has already passed away.”

J50 has been dosed with antibiotics and anti-worming medication but so far efforts to treat her have been unsuccessful and they’ve noted a decline in her condition over the last month.

So now, if the whale gets separated from her pod or gets stranded on a beach, a plan is being discussed to take her into captivity so she can be fed and given intensive medical treatment.

While veterinarians know such a move would be controversial, they say the other option is to let the whale die, which would be a major setback for the population of just 75 remaining resident orcas.

“What’s important here is that all these people have this common goal of whatever happens to her, we want to do the very best we can to find out what’s wrong with her, treat her successfully and reintroduce her back to her family as quickly as possible.”