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.

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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Source: http://awesomeocean.com/guest-columns/loro-parque-foundation-is-saving-whole-species/

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.

Learn more from our source here.

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.

Loro Parque Foundation unveils the Canarian seas to students

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Throughout April, the Loro Parque Foundation carried out the ‘Discovering Our Sea’ project, which aims to raise awareness of the extraordinary richness of Canarian waters and the need to protect and conserve them.  The initiative is aimed at secondary school students and involved different schools on the island of Tenerife.

The activity was carried out in three sessions, on different days, and was led by the Foundation’s educators, who used a dynamic of play and participative work with the aim of encouraging interest in the students and to generate a link that promotes the protection of the marine environment and nature in general.  The first part took place in the classroom at the individual schools, the second in Loro Parque and the third on board the Freebird One catamaran.

The ‘Discovering Our Sea’ project seeks to: broaden young people’s knowledge of the archipelago’s oceanographic characteristics that make it a biodiversity hotspot; to discover and teach them to appreciate the immense wealth of the islands’ marine fauna, especially the cetacean species that frequent the Canarian coasts; to improve their awareness of the main problems affecting the conservation of the marine environment; and to develop attitudes of respect, care and responsibility for the conservation of the oceans, by strengthening and promoting the use of more sustainable alternatives that reduce the negative impacts of human activity therein.

This Loro Parque Foundation initiative is particularly important given the geographical situation of the Canary Islands, which, together with their oceanographic peculiarities, bring together tropical and subtropical species and temperate water species in their surroundings.  The proximity of bathypelagic and abyssopelagic environments on the coasts makes the archipelagos of the Macaronesian region large oases in the middle of the north-south migratory routes, which favours the presence of the greatest diversity of cetaceans in the entire Atlantic Ocean.

However, these characteristics make oceanic islands more susceptible to various threat factors, such as climate change, pollution or over-fishing, which adversely affect the protection of the oceans and, in particular, the degree of conservation of certain species.

Preventing the deterioration of the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands is only possible if its unique richness is known and appreciated, which is why environmental education plays a fundamental role in favour of the conservation of this submerged ‘treasure’, which is as beautiful as it’s fragile.  That’s why the Loro Parque Foundation, through ‘Discovering Our Sea’, aims to involve Canarian schoolchildren to improve their knowledge of the characteristic marine heritage that surrounds them, so that they can be its champions and promote attitudes of respect that result in fostering their conservation and the sustainable use of their resources.

Thus, the Foundation continues to implement educational projects that promote the protection and conservation of nature, in line with the work that has defined its efforts since its creation in 1994.  Aligned with the principles of Loro Parque, a wildlife conservation centre that makes its existence possible thanks to its funding, it has already allocated more than $18,000,000,000 to different ‘in situ’ and ‘ex situ’ conservation projects and has managed to save nine species of parrots from extinction.

The activists are wrong: Aquariums support conservation

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By: Robin Ganzert*

Source: http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/387008-the-activists-are-wrong-aquariums-support-conservation

Judging by the dozens of aquariums around the country offering Mother’s Day programming, tens of thousands of American moms appear set to spend their special day getting a front row seat to the majestic and awe-inspiring creatures of the sea. For good reason. A trip to the local aquarium is something the whole family can enjoy, with sea life giving moms a well-deserved break from entertaining the kids.

Unfortunately, an activist movement called Empty the Tanks is trying to spoil the fun. Today, it is hosting coordinated worldwide protests demanding that aquariums return their inhabitants to the sea. Its mission statement is, “End captivity, protect the oceans.”

As a committed conservationist, I understand that this mission has a certain emotional appeal. But upon further examination, emptying aquarium tanks would have a negative impact beyond just eliminating the joy of visiting an aquarium. It would set back the conservationist cause, not advance it.

Aquariums are arks of hope for the countless marine wildlife threatened by ocean pollution and overfishing. There is an island of plastic garbage twice the size of Texas floating off the coast of California, one of five massive garbage islands covering the globe. A Plymouth University study finds plastic pollution affects at least 700 marine species, and some estimates suggest that at least 100 million marine mammals are killed each year as a result.

All three species of bluefin tuna are so endangered by overfishing that their recovery is virtually impossible. New Zealand’s Maui dolphin and West Africa’s Atlantic humpbacked dolphin could disappear within a decade. There are more than 135 endangered shark species; the number of scalloped hammerhead shark, found at the New Jersey aquarium, among others, has decreased by 99 percent over the past 30 years. Roughly 15 percent of aquarium species are threatened or endangered.

Most aquariums have robust rescue programs, where these threatened animals can find a safe harbor, with conservation and research as key missions. Once rescued, aquariums can study these species and make a real impact in saving them.

There are 115 reintroduction programs, 40 of which focus on threatened or endangered species, at American zoos and aquariums. So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team has rescued 30 manatees, which are returned when rehabilitated. In total, SeaWorld has rescued more than 31,000 animals and published more than 300 scientific studies.

Research conducted by aquarium scientists also informs conservation efforts and exhibits. Last year, Georgia Aquarium scientists successfully performed health assessments on endangered whale sharks for the first time ever in Indonesia’s remote Cenderawasih Bay. During their recent visit to St. Helena, scientists studied whale shark movements and the impact of plastic pollution on their livelihoods. This information helps inform conservation efforts and the whale shark exhibit at Georgia Aquarium.

Perhaps the biggest benefit aquariums have in advancing conservation is by inspiring people to act. Aquariums offer ordinary people the extraordinary opportunity to see fascinating sea life up close. This is vital to generating the public support necessary for conservation efforts. To generate support for conserving sea creatures, people must deeply appreciate them. But to appreciate them, people must first know them. Aquariums offer people this introduction.

To do the most good, aquariums must be held to the highest standards of animal welfare. The American Humane Conservation Program furthers this goal by certifying that animals in participating zoos and aquariums are healthy, positively social, active, safe and living with proper light, sound, air and heat levels. These standards are set by animal science experts, providing the third-party validation of humane treatment and positive welfare that an increasingly discerning public is demanding.

Like most mothers, I recognize the indescribable bond that children have with animals. Weakening this bond by returning aquarium inhabitants to the sea would also weaken the conservation movement. Potential protesters today should think about this before acting on emotions. And American families should support conservation efforts by visiting their local aquariums.

*Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., is president and CEO of American Humane, the country’s oldest national humane organization. She is the former deputy director of philanthropic services at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., and was senior vice president and national director of Philanthropic Wealth Management. The author of the book, “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors,” she is regularly featured on forums including CNN, The Today Show, Fox and Friends, NPR, and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

Netherlands Justice supports Loro Parque in the orca Morgan case

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Once again, the Netherlands administrative and judicial authorities have handed down eight legal rulings, with decisions against the complaints made by the activist organisation Free Morgan Foundation (FMF).  On this last occasion, the Ultrecht Court ruled that the CITES decision (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) granted to Morgan by the Dutch authorities was in accordance with the law and was granted in accordance with both European Community and CITES regulations.  Likewise, the aforementioned rulings, once again, and as all the judicial and administrative authorities have repeatedly stated, highlights anew that Loro Parque has the highest quality facilities, offering the animals in them excellent welfare conditions, including both the orca Morgan and the rest of the pod of orcas in our Parque.

For Loro Parque, it is very important that both the judicial and administrative bodies with competence in this area recognise and highlight the excellent conditions of our Parque, because these affirmations come from bodies and authorities that are absolutely impartial and independent, and this, despite the continuous and denigrating campaigns of these radical groups that constantly strive to defame and discredit us with their lies and falsehoods, distorting the truth, and showing clear contempt for the courts when they do not decide in their favour.

During this process, Loro Parque has made itself available to the CITES authority to provide all the information necessary.  Now, in addition to reaffirming the Parque’s position, the ruling acknowledges that Morgan’s CITES permit does not exclude breeding and recognises that scientific and conservation activities are carried out with the killer whales in Loro Parque.

In the event that FMF decides to initiate a case in Spain, because they believe that Morgan is in poor form, it would be necessary to provide evidence.  However, all previous reports and campaigns have demonstrated that the orcas in Loro Parque are in good condition, have one of the most modern facilities in the world, are cared for by qualified and experienced staff, and receive the most appropriate care for their species.

Morgan’s History

The orca Morgan has been in the care of Loro Parque since 2011.  The decision to transfer her to OrcaOcean’s spacious and fully-equipped facilities in Loro Parque was taken in order to provide her with adequate living conditions and, in particular, to meet her needs for social interaction.  It should be borne in mind that this decision was taken at that time by the Dutch authorities (based on the opinions of independent experts) because Morgan’s return to nature was an unviable option and the only other option for this animal was euthanasia.

Loro Parque is supported by all the relevant administrative bodies (CITES in the Netherlands and Spain, the Spanish Zoos Inspectorate and the Spanish animal welfare authorities), which reject FMF’s demands and interpretations of the CITES permit.  Therefore, FMF is the only entity that supports the position of releasing the animal.

Morgan’s state of health

For the past six years, Morgan has been living in Loro Parque under the care of a team of veterinary professionals and caregivers; her overall condition is excellent.  She has gained more than 1,100 kg since her arrival at the Parque and her size is now comparable to that of other females her age.

Although she was diagnosed as almost or completely deaf by an independent group of researchers, her caregivers have been able to establish a complete communication system using a network of lights – a pioneering and unique method worldwide, that has been developed for an orca with a disability.  Thanks to the dedicated attention of her caregivers and this adapted system, she is able to join the group in all its activities despite her condition.

Morgan is completely integrated in the group and has established social relationships with all the orcas at Loro Parque.

Pregnancy

As these rulings reaffirm, there is no restriction on Morgan’s ability to reproduce; as was declared in a letter from the Spanish CITES authority addressed a year ago to the Free Morgan Foundation.  Morgan’s pregnancy is completely normal and is closely monitored by the team of veterinarians and carers in collaboration with independent consultants with extensive experience in cetaceans.

Accreditations

Loro Parque is an accredited zoological facility as defined by the European Zoos Directive, strictly following all applicable laws and regulations regarding this practice.  Loro Parque is inspected annually by the competent authorities.  Loro Parque also applies the highest standards in orca management, as accredited by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the European Association of Aquatic Mammals, as well as by independent organizations such as American Humane, ABTA, Biosphere Parks, etc. In 2017, Loro Parque was awarded the title of Best Zoo in the World by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

More information at: http://www.loroparque.com/morgan/