Santa Cruz celebrates Animal Day

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On Saturday, october 18th, Santa Cruz celebrates the Animals Day, with a special recreational event, destinated to citizens awareness about care and importance of pets in this city. The event Día de los Animales, which will take place on Plaza del Príncipe from 10 to 18 hours, is free entrance, and it is organized by Association for the Animals Defense, together with Santa Cruz Local Government, Santa Cruz Sostenible Trust, and Santa Cruz’s Youngs City Association. Besides, thanks to the sponsoring of Loro Parque Fundación, and the collaboration of Tenerife Island Government, Canary Islands Guide Dogs Users Association AUCAN, Fuente Alta, GM Reformas, ONCE (National Blind Men Organisation), Perri-Pet, Santa Cruz Citizens Protection Service, QuéFauna Veterinarian Centre, Radio Club Tenerife and Tierra Blanca Animal Protection Centre, several family-oriented recreational activities will be carried out.

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Among the expected activities, there will be offered three lectures, related to the pets world and their function in nowadays society, besides to animals rescue, exotic and invasive species and exotic birds care. Besides, conducted by Loro Parque Fundación, educational kids workshops, related to biodiversity conservation, puppets shows with Citizens Protection Service, dogs parades, dogs training shows with UNIPOL and ONCE will be carried out. Finally, there will be informative stands about pets care and hair-style.

The attendants to this event may come escorting their pets, and may donate food, nlankets, towels and other aids for animasl care in shelters. For their part, at least twelve associations will present their work in informative stands, as well as security and rescue forces like Local Police, SEPRONA (Nature Police) and Firefighters. These organizations will bring close to the visitors their tasks that they carry out in favour of nature protection. To make the journey pleasant, there will be also some musical and recreational shows with Tomás and his boleros.

The Virgin Pledge on sea mammals

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For decades we have been supporting efforts to protect and conserve our oceans. Today we are pleased to share this commitment with Virgin Holidays, and fully support their pledge concerning the collection of whales and dolphins from the wild. We want to thank Virgin for recognizing the vital role that zoological facilities can play in the preservation of nature, inspiring and educating others so they can be key contributors conservating our Planet.

Animal Embassy

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Loro Parque, the best zoological garden in Europe and 3rd worldwide, according to Trip Advisor, continues strenghten its commitment of constant innovation and the premise of becoming an international educational, scientific and animal reserve, will soon open its new enclosure Animal Embassy, a firm commitment to ecology and preservation of the planet.

This new area of over 2.200 square meters is dedicated to educate the visitors about the importance of the respect for the environment and the animals that inhabit the earth. Provided with five original buildings and a theming inspired by a native village in Africa, these facilities will present some of the most important activities of animal welfare, conservation and education realized by the park, as well as leading research that Loro Parque Fundación develops usually.

Six years ago, at the momento when Loro Parque received as the first zoo worldwide the certifícate ‘Biosphere Park-Animal Embassy’, awarded by the Institute for Responsible Travel (ITR) and endorsed by the Cabildo of Tenerife, the president of its Foundation, Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling emphasized the institution´s commitment to the environment, because the fact of living every day with the wild animals definitely inspires to promove the love for nature. In this sense, the main objective of Loro Parque with this new facility is that the animals of the park become the ambassodors of their own species and as such they have to receive all the care and attention of a diplomatic representative.

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Research center linked to the Max Plank Institute

One of the buildings of Animal Embassy will house a research center, associated with the prestigious Max Planck Institue in Germany, where te cognitive development of the birds will be studied. The Institute has a research area with great apes, which they observe in situ in the Zoo Leipzig. This would be a pioneering study, because so far, the cognitive development has been observed especially in primates and some mammals like dolphins, but with birds it is an area that has to be discovered, and there have been only experiments with crows in New Caledonia and with cockatoos, and this is why Animal Embassy offers a unique opportunity to advance with parrot species.

Together with this area, there will be other attractions that already exists in Loro Parque, like the Baby Station, which shows the visitors the care that the babys parrots born in the park receive; the clinical area, which will present the activities of veterinarian care, and the laboratory, which will display the daily job of analyzing samples, from animals as well as water samples from the different tanks in the park.

It will also have a complex for the interactive announcement of the Loro Parque Fundación actions. This is the fourth of the spaces intended for the release in its strictest sense. Information panels and interactive applications will show the visitors the conservation and species recovery that Loro Parque Fundación realice in different parts of the planet. This area gets completed at its main entrance with a new exhibition for the alligators, which allows to gain in size and visibility.

Thematic Aspects

Regarding to the thematic and decoration, it resoponds to the need to create an environment according to the needs of the different species: the five huts that compose Animal Embassy stand out for its architecture, imitating mud huts with Straw roof and large Windows to comfortably observe the activity that takes place inside. For this design we had the collaboration of different experts in the architectural modeling. One of this experts is Paolo Bonanno, in charge of the artistic direction of this new project after having completed Siam Park´s project (time when the artist visited Thailand and Cambodia). In this case, the direct inspiration source is up to Gambia and the arrangement of their villages of stone and mud, including the famous and lovely Baobab tree.

Job as secretary of management

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We are looking for a secretary of management.

We require:
  • Full knowledge of the general tasks of a management secretary
  • Qualifications appropriate for the position
  • At least 5 years experience in a similar position
  • Complete domination of spanish, english and german
  • Advance knowledge of office software
If you are interested in this position please send your CV to the address <personal@loroparque.com>.

TripAdvisor Award – Travellers’ Choice 2014

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Loro Parque receives by Trip Advisor the award as the best zoo in europe and the 3rd worldwide, beeing the most valued by millions of users of this portal. The largest travel website worldwide on network, presented the winner of its Travellers´Choice Attractions Ranking for zoos and aquariums around the world and from a total of 281 winners, Loro Parque has been the most valued with 4.815 excellent comments; including the Top 25 worldwide, and lists from Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, UK and the U.S.A.

The Travellers´Choice Attractions honor the most important touristic attractions worldwide based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers on Trip Advisor. The winners were determined using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of the comments for zoos and aquariums around the world, over a period of 12 months.

Trip Advisor is the largest travel portal in 42 countries and with 25 different languages, enabling the travellors to plan and enjoy the trip with the best recommendations, offering advices from the travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and functionalities directly linked to a booking system. It has about 280 million unique users every month and over 170 million comments and opinions about 4 million interesting sites. Every minute 100 new contributes are received and only during the last year 50 million new comments were posted.

Founded in 1972, this park was initially conceived as a paradise for parrots and has developed over the years into one of the biggest attractions of the Canary Islands. For this reason, it awarded by Trip Advisor as the best zoo in Europe and the 3rd worldwide, being the most valued by millions of users of this portal.

Tigers, gorillas, dolphins, chimpanzees, sea lions, penguins and six wonderful orcas make for everybody a spectacular reserve, the must of the Canary Islands, and anytime is a good moment to take a short break in Tenerife to enjoy a day out with the family in direct contact with the most amazing wonders of the animal world.

International Tiger Day

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The declaration of World Tiger Day has made possible to increase awareness of how necessary it is to protect these species. As a result, new protected areas were created and some population has been recovered. However, this effort is not enough because, in actual fact we lost 97% of the wild population in just over a century. In fact only 3.200 Tigers live in the wild and therefore further actions are needed to protect the species from threats such as poaching. In modern zoos, like Loro Parque, we work for the protection of their habitat through informative activities and raising awareness as you can see here.

The tiger is the largest feline in the world. Nine sub-species of tiger existed but three of these became extinct in the 20th century. Of the six remaining, two are critically endangered and the other four endangered. Yangvu y Limao are a pair of white royal bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris), that came from the zoo Guangzhou Panyu Xiangjiang Safari Park in China Incorporated in 2012 to the family of animals in Loro Parque where they enjoy their new home, surrounded by vegetation, a waterfall and a exclusive lake for their long summer dips. These elegant white tigers belong to most known and numerous subspecies of tigers. Being young animals they are very curious and active, so whoever dedicates a few minutes to carefully observe them will discover their fantastic and territorial behaviour or see them taking long naps under the trees. Like all tigers, Bengal Tigers are characterized by being, solitary animals and do not usually live in large groups, with the exception of females travelling with their young in small groups of three or four. Their size slightly exceeds 3 meters long in the case of males, while females are smaller and have a height of up to 1.10 m. They tend to live in a variety of habitats, including tropical and subtropical forests and savannas. They feed on large animals such as wild boars and deer, but also complete their diet with crustaceans, frogs, crabs and small invertebrates and fish, such as trout or perch. The biggest problem facing this species is the dramatic reduction and deterioration of their habitat estimated at 50% over the last few years. Due to their size, tigers require large hunting areas where several females can live in smaller areas which partially overlap.

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Helping the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise

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Although the Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is widely distributed in the northern hemisphere, the genetically distinct subpopulation in the Baltic Sea is classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ in the Red List of Threatened Species of the IUCN. The Baltic Sea population is estimated at 600 animals in total, of which fewer than 250 are mature animals, which continued to decline. The most significant threat is incidental catches in fishing nets, mainly various types of gillnets, with smaller numbers caught in trawl-nets. Pollution is another concern in the Baltic Sea, where toxic compounds are described as the likely source for reduced fertility and population decline in seals.

To try to avoid the entanglements in fishing nets, the Loro Parque Fundación is supporting the research of Prof. Dr. Boris Culik of the marine research company, F³: Forschung, Fakten, Fantasie (Research, Facts, Fantasy) being conducted in the South-Western Baltic Sea. In the 1990s, the LPF also supported Prof. Culik (then at the University of Kiel, Germany) to develop and test “pingers” on fishing nets, and their effect on Harbour porpoises in the Vancouver area of Canada. The pingers generate aversive sounds which reduces the by-catch of Harbour porpoises in the gill-nets. Although the porpoises maintain a large safety distance of several 100 metres from pinger-equipped nets, there are disadvantages. They can be excluded from fishing grounds, and also cannot establish a connection between the sound and threatening nets. The maximum distance from which Harbour porpoises may detect a net as a barrier or threat by using their biosonar is only 2-4 m. Furthermore, pingers have the potential to scare Harbour porpoises into neighbouring nets which are not equipped with pingers.

The improved system now being tested on free-ranging Harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea is aimed at overcoming the shortcomings of pingers by alerting Harbour porpoises to nets through the generation of synthetic alarm signals of the porpoises. The electronic Porpoise Alarms (PAL) are designed to enable the generation of alarm calls with variable levels. The reactions of the porpoises are being recorded underwater acoustically, and their swimming and surfacing behaviours are being recorded using a theodolite. The generated signal is successful if it increases porpoise echolocation activity, it leads the animals to change course, away from the sound source, and it reduces the time the animals spend in the vicinity of the sound source. These factors are considered to reduce the risk of entanglement.

This research is a prerequisite for the production of effective porpoise-specific alarms that can be installed in gill-nets to reduce Harbour porpoise by-catch in commercial fisheries. The Loro Parque Fundación hopes that the system will be successful, and that it can be used in the future to save the lives of the hundreds of thousands of other small cetaceans that every year suffer accidental deaths in fishing nets.

Two completely recovered turtles

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A Carei turtle – very rare in the Canary Islands – gets back to the sea from the beach of Las Canteras and together with four other loggerhead turtles, one of which is successfully recovered from the damage caused by a fishing hook stuck in his throat. This turtle leaves Tenerife with a warm educational activity, organized by Loro Parque Fundación and in which 20 children from the primary school La Oliva in Fuerteventura took part.

Once in Gran Canaria and during the transit to the sea, the turtles will receive the breath of other 300 students from the primary and secondary school, who helped the veterinarian technicians to release the animals back yo their natural environment from La Puntilla.

“It´s a great place” to regain their life in freedom due to it is a place of Community Importance, with underwater seagrass and a permament colony of grey whales along with jellyfish, which are part of the food of the marine turtles, explained Pascual Calabuig, chief veterinary of the Wildlife Recovery Centre (CRFS=Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre) of Tafira in Gran Canaria.

Two of the turtles that will be released tomorrow in Las Canteras – one of the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and the “Carei” – return to Gran Canaria after an acclimated stay in Loro Parque in Tenerife, as part as the collaboration porgramme between its Foundation and the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.

The turtles were housed in the aquarium of Loro Parque, which has an educational programme for children, and will now take part at the release organized by the Ministry of Environment of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria and the Department of City Sea of the town hall from Gran Canaria to celebrate the World Environmental Day and the World Oceans Day.

Pascual Calabuig detailed that the “Carei” turtle is smaller than the “Caretta caretta” and it hast the particularity that the scales of its shell are overlapping, it is not a migratory specie and usually remains stable in one area, so it is not common that specimens of this species appear at the Canary coasts.

The one that returns tomorrow to the sea in Las Canteras appeared stranded on the 9th of March in the beach of El Burrero in weak conditions, with scratches and signs of having hit the rocks. His recovery in the CRFS as well as in the aquarium of Loro Parque has been rapid.

The other turtle from the aforementioned aquarium was found the 8th of January of this year in the coast of Gran Canaria with a hook stick in its throat, which caused a hole, possibly because someone tried to get the animal out of the boat lifting it with its 35 kilos of weight from the fishing rod.

This specimen has also completed the last phase of the recovery in the aquarium of Loro Parque and one of the educators of the Foundation, María Fernández, explains to EFE that previously at the Centre in Tarifa the necessary cures and operations that are relevant are done, because sometimes it is necessary to amputate some fin. There are seven species of sea turtles and all are endangered and this is why the work of rescue is so important, although in the Canary Islands it is more usual to find loggerhead turtles, whose usual route passes through the islands after making their nests in the Caribbean.

Many turtles appears with blows on the shell and the biggest damages are caused by ingesting plastic, because this animals sometimes confuse the bags that are floating in the water with jellyfish and because of their digestive tract, when they start swallowing a substance, they are not able to expel it again through the mouth and release it. Also the plastic rings that hold soda are hooked to their fins and sometimes they are found in such a state of decomposition that they have to be amputated, but the animal can survive with three of these legs, explains Maria Fernández.

The stay of these marine animals at the aquarium of Loro Parque provides the opportunity to be part of their educational programme and that the children and the visitors learn why they were rescued and the problems arising from the marine pollution, garbage, oils spills and the risk that provokes the increase of maritime traffic.

In addition there is also the videoconferencing programme “Nautilus”, with which Loro Parque Fundación connects at least once a month with schools throughout Spain, and wherein during this course 256 schools with about 12.000 students have participated. Each month an animal is selected – orcas, gorillas, dolphins, sharks – and material on these specie is sent so that the students can work on it in class and prepare their questions for the connection through videoconferencing with the facilities of Loro Parque, explains the educator María Fernández.

Aqua Viva – The new jellyfish exhibition

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Once again Loro Parque fulfils its commitment to a steady renewal and inaugurates the new jellyfish exhibition – a true spectacle under the sea with hundreds of these magic invertebrated animals shining in all colours and fluorescences. With this new attraction, the most awarded park in Spain warmy welcomes spring.

Their supernatural appearance with surprising and elegant formes make these curious creatures the stars of the new exhibition created in order to highlight the special details of these fascinating animals living in the tropical seas of our planet. Some species stand out for their special way of swimming, like dotted jellyfish, sea nettles and various kinds of fried egg jellyfish.

The exhibition contains an area of 500m² and 65,000 litres of sea water, of which 25,000 litres are meant for the aquariums and the breeding area of the jellyfish. The other 40,000 litres go into an aquarium made for some beautiful blacktip reef sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and some hundreds of colourful tropical fish. This exhibition will furthermore allow us to compare the beauty of the sea animals from two different ends of the food chain.

Jellyfish from all over the world will be exhibited – or rather from all seas of this world. There are animals from the coldest seas of the planet as well as from the warmest seas in the tropics and of course from the sea surrounding the Canarian archipelago.

The visitors will be able to admire a wide range of forms, colours and sizes; and even though some animals might resemble each other, their cycle of life keeps being absolutely different.

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Statement from Loro Parque

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On Monday, 2nd June the Park Management held one of its routine emergency drills. The safety practice took place in the internal security zone of the Gorilla enclosures to which only authorized park personnel have access, and consisted of simulating the escape of a Gorilla.

After the appropriate emergency mechanisms for this type of situation were activated, one of the animal keepers of the terrestrial mammals was accidentally hit by a tranquillizer dart which the veterinarians have to have ready for such cases. Because of this he was rapidly assisted by the Emergency Medical Service and immediately transferred to the University Hospital of Tenerife where he was attended to and subsequently discharged. The employee has fully recovered and was released from the Hospital this morning and he would like to thank everyone for all the displays of concern and affection that he has received.

According to law Loro Parque carries out this kind of routine emergency drills in the park on a regular basis and for different kinds of incident, as happens in all zoos and centres that house animals. These drills are carried out in order to guarantee the security, the efficient function of the emergency systems and the training of personnel who work in the facilities. It is therefore shocking that a procedure done to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, has been misrepresented in order to damage the image, work, professionalism and experience of a highly accredited zoo.