Loro Parque welcomes a new Jaguar

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A new female Jaguar, called Naya, has arrived in Loro Parque to stay. This specimen of Panthera onca has now passed the period of adaptation to her new home and to her new companion Gulliver, and for several weeks the couple has been observed together in their outdoor facilities in the Parque.

Naya belongs to a breeding programme within the European Endangered Species Programme (EPP), to which zoos linked to the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) are associated. She has thus come to Loro Parque from Martinique in the Caribbean with the aim of being able to reproduce.

The Jaguar is the largest feline in South America and the third largest in the world, after Tigers and Lions. Within its range, it’s the animal at the top of the food chain, and can live in habitats as different as the Amazon rainforest or the dry steppes of southern South America.

In nature, it feeds on a variety of live prey, from fish to large mammals and even small Caymans. In addition, it’s known to have the strongest jaws within the feline group. In general, with the exception of breeding and reproduction periods, it’s a solitary animal.

Panthera onca is a species categorised as Near Threatened on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and one of the greatest dangers it faces is the high rates of deforestation in Latin America. The fragmentation of their habitats isolates them and makes them more vulnerable to human persecution.

The commercial hunting of Jaguars for their skins has decreased drastically since the mid-1970s thanks to anti-fur campaigns and the progressive control and closure of international markets. However, there is still a demand for their feet, teeth and other products.

Loro Parque, as a wildlife conservation centre, thus consolidates its commitment to the protection of nature and different species, which makes it an authentic embassy for wild animals.

The Loro Parque’s World Population Clock breaks the 7,700 million barrier

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Loro Parque’s World Population Clock, based on estimates by the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, has this week reached the historic figure of 7,700 million people. According to this population growth trend, by 2023 there will be more than 8,000 million people and 10,000 million by 2056. Meaning that there are more and more inhabitants, but also more endangered species.

The Loro Parque Foundation warns that the enormous pressure of the growing population is driving animals out of their habitats. For example, it’s estimated that in Africa, before the Europeans arrived, there could have been over 29 million elephants. However, as early as 1935, the population had dropped to 10 million and now stands at less than 440,000, according to a 2012 study conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

This same scenario happened with the blue whales, whose population in Antarctica passed, in less than a century, from 340,000 to just over 1,000 specimens. Fortunately, thanks to international protection, the population of this species is slowly recovering. However, some cetaceans such as the Mexican Vaquita or Gulf porpoise have not been able to improve their numbers and are on the verge of extinction with less than 50 specimens registered.

At this point in time, United Nations estimates show that 57 per cent of the world’s population already lives in cities, far from contact with nature and animals. In addition, it’s estimated that by 2050 that percentage will have exceeded 80 per cent, making contact with nature even scarcer, with many people never having the opportunity to bond with wild animals.

Asia is the most populous continent on the planet, with 4,478 million people and a density of 144 people per square kilometre, followed by Africa with 1,246 million and Europe with 739 million. Population densities in Europe and the Americas do not exceed 30 people per square kilometre, yet the enormous amount of infrastructure and agricultural use have fragmented and reduced natural habitats.

This problem of overpopulation affects all individuals, as resource depletion, deforestation and pollution are just a sample of the consequences that affect everyone.

For this reason, the role of wildlife conservation centres such as Loro Parque is more important than ever – necessary to maintain living contact between animals and the public. Therefore, the mission of modern zoos is to fight to preserve endangered species, work to increase scientific knowledge about animal species to protect them, and seek to inspire love and protection of the animals in all their visitors. Thus, in an increasingly populated and urban world, zoos are the embassy of animals and nature.

Loro Parque is honoured for over 15 years of collaboration with the Haemophilia Association

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Loro Parque was honoured, this Wednesday April 24, by the Association of Hemophilia (Ahete), in the XIII Canary Islands Hemophilia ‘Marcos Gutierrez’ Awards ceremony.

The Company was unanimously chosen to receive the award in the business category for its over 15 years of collaboration with the various activities carried out by this non-profit association specialising in the large haemophilia family. Over the years, the Parque has helped Ahete through its mission of social integration and improving the quality of life of those affected by haemophilia or other congenital, carrier and family coagulopathies in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The event held in commemoration of World Haemophilia Day on April 17 was attended by the president of Loro Parque Wolfgang Kiessling who received this distinction at a ceremony held in the Salon Noble of the Tenerife Cabildo building.

Through these collaborations with non-profit associations, Loro Parque, recognised as the best zoo in the world, strengthens its commitment to Canarian society.  In this case, the company has supported the development and improvement of the quality of life of many people via different sponsorships and initiatives for over 15 years.

Business excellence

The trajectory of Loro Parque has been recognised on many occasions.  It is one of the most respected zoological institutions in the world for its exceptional beauty, the excellence of its facilities and its respect for nature.  The Parque has been distinguished for two consecutive years as the best on the planet, according to TripAdvisor users.  This is because with almost 50 million visitors who have visited its facilities since its opening in 1972, the Parque continues in its firm commitment to the protection of different species, through a wide variety of projects in which The Loro Parque Foundation also participates.

The Loro Parque Foundation teaches students the importance of the Canaries as a marine biodiversity hotspot

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The Loro Parque Foundation, through its Department of Education, organised a boat excursion for students of IES Tomás de Iriarte to show them how the Canary Islands is a hot spot of marine biodiversity, with special attention to cetaceans.

An initial session was held at the Educational Centre in which the geographical and oceanographic characteristics of the archipelago that make it a privileged place for marine life were detailed.  Through various activities and games, the students were shown some of the most characteristic species of the Canary Islands.  We also talked about the species of cetaceans that frequent our coasts and we worked with dichotomous keys to learn how to identify them according to their physical characteristics.  The importance of studying their sounds as a tool for scientific research was also discussed.

Once this session was over, the second part of the activity was carried out – a boat trip from the south of Tenerife to put into practice what had been learnt in the Centre.  In the boat, the students were able to identify the species they encountered during the tour and analysed different human activities that can harm marine life, such as waste, noise pollution, irresponsible sighting activities or maritime traffic, among others.

This activity, which arose from collaboration between the educational centre and the company Freebird, aims to help students discover the biodiversity of the coasts and the importance of taking care of it.  In addition, it has allowed schoolchildren to observe first hand the real application of scientific research for conservation, with the hope of promoting their interest in science and the study of nature.

With actions like these, which are carried out continuously, The Loro Parque Foundation reinforces its commitment to education and highlights its essential role as a conservation tool.

Cetacean biodiversity and their study

This trip was also attended by the Bioacoustics research group of the University of La Laguna, who tested a new technology that can be used in autonomous marine vehicles and buoys for acoustic monitoring of cetaceans in the Canary Islands.

Using this technology it’s hoped that it will be possible to determine the areas frequented by these animals and the activities they carry out there and in the future, it’s hoped that this technology can also be applied in the rest of Macaronesia.

These technological advances are based on more than 10 years of work with Loro Parque’s Ocean Orca system and will be applied to the ‘CanBio’ project which is co-financed by the Foundation and the Canary Islands Government to the tune of two million dollars over four years, and which studies the effects of climate change on the sea and on the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands and the rest of Macaronesia.

Study shows zoos and aquariums dramatically increase information needed to help save species

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The Species Knowledge Index maps what we know for 32,411 known species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians – in this case, with an eightfold gain after adding data from the Zoological Information Management System curated by 1200 zoos and aquariums worldwide. Credit: Species360 Conservation Science Alliance.

Despite volumes of data currently available on mankind, it is surprising how little we know about other species. A paper published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) confirms that critical information, such as fertility and survival rates, is missing from global data for more than 98 percent of known species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

It’s a gap with far-reaching implications for conservationists seeking to blunt the impact of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. Scientists working worldwide on behalf of IUCN Red List, IUCN Species Survival Commission, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES), TRAFFIC, Monitor, and others, require demographic data to assess species populations and intervene where needed.

“It seems inconceivable. Yet scientists tasked with saving species often have to power through with best-guess assumptions that we hope approximate reality,” said lead researcher and Species360 Conservation Science Alliance director Dalia A. Conde.

A multidisciplinary team led by researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center on Population Dynamics (CPop), Oxford, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the University of Southern Denmark, San Diego Zoo Global, and Species360 Conservation Science Alliance, with participants from 19 institutions, believes we can substantially increase what we know about species population dynamics by applying new analytics to data that has been long overlooked.

Predicting when species are at risk, and how best to bolster diversity and numbers, requires knowing at what age females reproduce, how many hatchlings or juveniles survive to adolescence, and how long adults live. To understand what data are currently available, and to measure the void, researchers developed a Species Knowledge Index (SKI) that classifies available demographic information for 32,144 known species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

“The demographic knowledge of species index provides significant information that, in conjunction with genetic data, allows estimations of events that affect population viability. Severe population declines, sometimes called genetic bottlenecks, influence the sustainability of populations, as we have found in studying endangered rhinos,” said Oliver Ryder, Ph.D., Director of Conservation Genetics, San Diego Zoo Global.

Turning first to go-to global sources of information, the index registers comprehensive birth and death rates for just 1.3 percent of these major classes of species. The map, which illustrates demographic knowledge for individual species, shows that many remain blank.

A map of demographic data for (4) major classes of species – mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians – is largely blank. Credit: Species360

That changed when researchers added data from a previously untapped source, the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS). Across classes of species, key blanks fill with salient data.

“Adding ZIMS was like turning on the lights in an otherwise very dim room,” said Conde. “Class by class, from mammals through amphibians, we saw large gaps fill with fundamental data needed to help conservationists assess populations and advocate for threatened, endangered, and vulnerable species.”

Incorporating ZIMS boosted the Species Knowledge Index eightfold for comprehensive life table information used to assess populations. Information on the age of first reproduction for females, a key piece to estimating how a population will fair in coming years, grew as much as 73 percent.

ZIMS is curated by wildlife professionals working within zoos, aquariums, refuge, research, and education centers in 97 countries. It is maintained by Species360, a non-profit member-driven organization that facilitates information sharing among its nearly 1,200 institutional members, and is the world’s largest set of wildlife data.

The study, “Data gaps and opportunities for comparative and conservation biology,” suggests a value far beyond the data itself. As Conservation Science Alliance and other researchers apply analytics to data aggregated across global sources, including ZIMS, they glean insights that impact outcomes for species in danger of extinction. Moreover, this can provide key insights for comparative and evolutionary biology, such as understanding the evolution of aging.

The team of 33 scientists including data analysts, biologists, and population dynamics specialists developed the first Species Knowledge Index to map just how much we know about species worldwide. The index aggregates, analyzes and maps data from 22 databases and the IUCN Red List of Threatened species.

Demographic Species Knowledge Index

A multidisciplinary team of 33 scientist including data analysts, biologists, and population dynamics researchers developed the Species Knowledge Index to map just how much we know about species worldwide. The first, the Demographic Species Knowledge Index, aggregates, analyzes and maps data from 22 databases and the IUCN Red List Red List of Threatened species.

New defeat for Free Morgan Foundation in the European Parliament

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Recently, the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament closed, definitively, the petition initiated by Mathew Spiegel and Ingrid Visser (Free Morgan Foundation), with which they tried to prove that the CITES permit of the orca Morgan was being used incorrectly.

In 2015, the Free Morgan Foundation (FMF) began an action by sending letters to different CITES authorities accusing Loro Parque and its experts of ignoring the law or breaking it voluntarily.  According to the FMF, Morgan’s CITES permit had been issued for scientific use and that prevented any other use of Morgan – educational, reproductive, etc.  When the Free Morgan Foundation began to receive letters from the various CITES authorities saying that they were wrong and that Loro Parque was correctly interpreting the CITES permit, instead of acknowledging its error, it chose to hide those responses and continue its reckless campaign.  The response from the Spanish CITES authority was very clear and surely that is why they kept it hidden “There is no limitation on breeding for Morgan”.

In the Netherlands, the FMF were insistent with the Dutch CITES authorities after they rejected its interpretation on two occasions.  So in 2017, it decided to initiate an administrative dispute against the Dutch government.  Last year, the Dutch judiciary told the FMF again that it was wrong and, instead of admitting that they were wrong, they appealed the ruling, so there will be an appeal hearing at the end of May this year.

But the Free Morgan Foundation’s obsession went further, and in 2018 they petitioned the European Parliament to change the CITES forms used throughout the European Union, arguing that Morgan’s case proved that they did not conform to the rules.  As early as June last year, the European Commission replied that this request was unfounded and that there were no reasons to change the form, as it complied with CITES regulations.  However, unfortunately, a lack of quorum in the Commission meant that the petition remained open and more information was requested from both CITES Spain and the European Commission.

The reply sent by the Spanish CITES authority to the Committee on Petitions was overwhelming: in relation to Morgan’s legal situation “No incorrectness has been detected either in the content of the certificate or in the application of Regulation (EC) 338/97”.  And further, “Loro Parque meets the requirements of both adequate facilities for the maintenance of the specimen and the conditions indicated in the certificate of community use”.  As for the European Commission’s reply, it was equally forceful “The petitioners say that Morgan’s case is only an example to illustrate more general problems with the certificate … but they have not provided evidence of any other case”.  They conclude “The petitioners have not provided any evidence of significant structural problems in the application of the rules in force”.

Yet another shameless accusation by a radical activist group that questions the welfare of the animals in Loro Parque…

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It is with utmost surprise and bewilderment that we discover yet another smear campaign move, this time on the part of the animal rights activist group, Anima, aiming to damage the worldwide known reputation of Loro Parque with their allegations about the level of welfare of the animals under our care, something that they by no means and in no measure are qualified to evaluate in the first place.

We would like to remind these self-proclaimed activists that Loro Parque has been acknowledged as the best zoo in the world twice in a row by TripAdvisor. No other zoo in the World has ever achieved this. On the other hand, Loro Parque complies with all the Spanish and European regulations for zoos; we are members of all the relevant zoological associations (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, European Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, European Association for Aquatic Mammals and Alliance for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums). We have been also audited by American Humane and have been certified with the Humane Conservation Standard, which is internationally acknowledged as an independent Animal Welfare Standard. Loro Parque is also certified with ISO14000, ISO9000, EMAS and Biosphere Parks Animal Embassy.

During the 47-year trajectory of Loro Parque, we have been visited by over 49 000 000 guests, many of whom have repeated their experience and have left their testimonials in our Guest Books which are available to all visitors and which can be seen in our regular social media posts. These are the truly independent opinions of the people who have visited us and could verify for themselves the level of care and affection that we give to all animals every day. Here are some of them:

Despite that, we are continuously targeted by the anti-zoo groups with smear campaigns, but they have never succeed in proving any of their accusations. Thus, for example, the last animal mistreatment accusation made by PETA against Loro Parque was declared unfounded by the Spanish Environmental Police after a detailed analysis of all our facilities and procedures.

We will be more than happy to confront any legitimate subject matter expert to prove the high level of welfare of all our animals, included the orcas.

About Morgan, here is the link to the chronology of her rescue, rehabilitation and integration where anyone can get familiar with her extraordinary story https://www.loroparque.com/morgan/index_en.html. She was rescued when she was found almost dead in the Wadden Sea, and if Loro Parque hadn’t had the willingness to offer her a home, she would have been euthanized.

With regard to her young calf, Ula, we have been totally transparent about the separation from Morgan, explaining to the interested public that she did not have enough milk to feed her. The veterinary team decided to temporarily separate Ula from Morgan in order to feed the calf, otherwise the young animal would already be dead, like it happens in many occasions in the wild, when the orcas are unable to provide enough food for their offspring. Thanks to the enormous effort of the veterinarians and caretakers, Ula is alive and doing very well, she has been reunited with her mother, nevertheless we are still bottle-feeding Ula as she still a calf.

As a proof of our total transparency with Ula you can find all the information in our blog:

http://blog.loroparque.com/loro-parque-da-la-bienvenida-a-la-cria-de-la-orca-morgan/?lang=en http://blog.loroparque.com/morgan/?lang=en http://blog.loroparque.com/an-update-on-the-progress-of-morgans-calf/?lang=en http://blog.loroparque.com/loro-parque-contributes-to-research-on-the-echolocation-of-orcas/?lang=en http://blog.loroparque.com/certain-anti-zoo-activists-speculate-about-ulas-health/?lang=en

Furthermore, all the interested public can follow our regular publications about the progress of Ula and her mother Morgan on our social media.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=958172154383323 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=382229198993008 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=320732615229785 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=328287674486287 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=356565364948055 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2129728173749609

Going back to Anima’s ridiculous accusations, one must underline that the video used to advertise this petition was recorded 11 years ago during a veterinarian procedure (gastroscopy) that had to be performed in one of our orcas. At that time, this animal was not trained to perform this veterinarian procedure voluntarily, so that it had to be restrained to allow the veterinarians to diagnose the orca. This kind of restraining was only performed for veterinary reasons and this is why it is so important to train the animals in order to reduce the need to manipulate them. Nowadays this is not necessary as the animals have been trained to participate voluntarily in gastroscopic examinations.

Accusations like this one will not change our determination to continue working for the welfare of every single animal in this world, and for the conservation of the biodiversity in a planet threatened by the sixth extinction as has been scientifically proven. Already now with 700 million visitors in zoos worldwide it is clear that a zoo visit is a highly demanded activity which in light of the destruction of our nature and environment will become an absolute “must” in the future.

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Loro Parque presents its novelties at the ITB

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Loro Parque, Siam Park, Poema del Mar, Loro Parque Foundation, Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden and Brunelli’s Steakhouse are present for yet another year at the prestigious ITB Fair, which is held in Berlin, in order to publicise the latest developments in their leisure parks, amongst other firsts. The Loro Parque space can be visited at stand 206 in hall 2.1, from March 6 to 10, and there’s all kind of information available, as well as news and photographs.

Also, in this edition of the ITB, Loro Parque has organised a press conference ‘The importance of the Modern Zoo’, presented by the specialist in wildlife conservation, Wolfgang Rades. The event had as guests the Vice-President of Loro Parque and President of the Loro Parque Foundation Christoph Kiessling; the President of the Federal Association of the Tourism Sector (BTW) Michael Frenzel; the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel Doctor Boris Culik; and the Director of Karlsruhe Zoo Doctor Matthias Reinschmidt. The presentation took place on March 6 from 2:30 to 4:30pm, at M2, level 3, City Cube Berlin.

With this event, Loro Parque seeks to demonstrate the growing importance of modern zoological gardens for animal conservation and welfare, scientific research and education, and the tourism industry. Thus, the presentations give answers to questions related to its work as an animal embassy: how does a zoo contribute to the conservation of nature, why is its existence so important and why are cetaceans under human care perfect ambassadors of their fellows in nature?

Loro Parque, the best zoo in the world for the second consecutive year

Recognised as the best zoo in the world for the second consecutive year, Loro Parque is an impressive animal embassy that offers the unique experience of getting to know wildlife as never before, with species and ecosystems from the five continents, from the lush Amazon jungle to the cold landscapes of Antarctica. Thus, visitors are able to discover the wonders and splendid beauty of the natural world without having to travel to all these corners of the planet.

Among its main attractions are the impressive and educational presentations of Orcas and Dolphins, as well as the legendary Parrot Show, in addition to the shy Red Pandas, the majestic Lions of Angola, or the largest and most diverse Parrot Reserve in the world. New arrivals this year are the Pygmy Hippos, whose innovative home adapts perfectly to the needs of their species and the charismatic Ring-Tailed Lemurs, so beloved for their cinematographic trajectory. Another novelty is the Zen Garden exhibition, a space inspired by Japanese gardens and the majestic mountain ranges of Asia that can be seen in the AquaViva exhibition, home of the most spectacular jellyfish.

Thus, it’s not surprising that Loro Parque has a large number of worldwide recognitions, which reward its commitment to excellence and its absolute concern for animal welfare. In its more than 46 years of history and after having received almost 50 million visitors in its facilities, the Parque has been awarded the Plaque and Gold Medal for Tourist Merit awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, the Gold Medals of the Government of the Canary Islands, the city of Puerto de La Cruz and the Island Council of Tenerife, among other awards. Loro Parque is also the only company in the Canary Islands that has won 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 American Humane organisation (USA).

For Loro Parque, these recognitions imply a responsibility and it therefore has a clear mission for the protection of the environment. As a wildlife conservation centre, and through the Loro Parque Foundation, it has managed to save nine species from imminent extinction. Also, as part of this commitment, the Park has implemented in 2018 a strategy of elimination of single-use plastic, becoming one of the first zoos in Europe to replace plastic water bottles with others that are biodegradable and can be turned into compost, thus ceasing to generate single-use bottles as waste products.

Siam Park, the best water park in the world for the fifth year running

There is no doubt: Siam Park is the best water park that exists on the face of the earth, and it’s in Spain. This has been confirmed by the Travellers’ Choice Award, which Siam Park has received for five consecutive years thanks to the positive ratings of 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 in fact the only one that has received this award since TripAdvisor inaugurated the Water Parks category five years ago.

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

Siam Park celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018 and has done so in a big way with the inauguration of two new and spectacular attractions. The first, Patong Rapids, is a new initiative by Siam Park that breaks all the moulds, surpassing the already incredible Mekong Rapids. The new ride is 235 metres long, including an area of complete darkness. With a capacity of 1,200 people per hour, it reduces to a minimum the waiting time to be able to enjoy to the maximum its incredible switchback curves, and includes impressive disc-floats that allow you to experience a unique sensation of speed and adrenaline.

The second, Coco Beach is a new children’s area that allows the little ones to have great adventures in the company of their families. They will be able to enjoy new and incredible sensations in the latest swimming and wave-pool of over 1,000 m2, suitable for the little ones of the house and simulating the famous ruins of AngkorWat.

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

And for those seeking relaxation in an exclusive environment, Siam Park offers Siam Beach, the most paradisiacal artificial wave beach 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-see if you travel to the Canary Islands.

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

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

Thus, just a year after its opening, this large aquarium offers its visitors a unique opportunity: to make a trip to the deepest ocean with its Deep Sea exhibition, which features the world’s largest curved window, 36 metres wide and 7.35 metres high, as well as 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 a unique environment, the wonders of the depths of the oceans, and the around 3,000 specimens of up to 40 different species that swim in its dark waters.

In addition, once inside the Aquarium, the visitor will begin the tour by immersing himself in the first of the areas, La Jungla, which reproduces landscapes from all over the planet in a tribute to the five continents. Arrecife will then invite you for a walk around a huge 400,000 litre water cylinder displaying a wide variety of coral and fish, and finally the aforementioned Deep Sea.

Poema del Mar has a firm commitment to innovation, biodiversity conservation and excellence in sustainable tourism. It’s no coincidence that the authorities of the Canary Islands consider it an attraction “of strategic interest for the region” that reinforces the promotion of Gran Canaria, and the entire archipelago, as one of the best tourist destinations on an international scale.

The Loro Parque Foundation: 100% 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, which are in danger of extinction.

Each year, thanks to Loro Parque’s funding of the Foundation’s operational costs, 100% of the donations received go directly to in situ and ex situ conservation and/or education projects. Thus, ‘100% for nature’ is not just a slogan, but goes much further: it’s a reality.

Its numbers and results speak for themselves: more than US$19,600,000 invested in over 160 projects on five continents, and nine species of parrots saved directly 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, which in 2017 began its successful enterprise in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

A clear example of the Foundation’s work is the release of the six specimens of the Lear’s Macaw (Anodorhynchus leari) born in the facilities of the Loro Parque Foundation and moved last August to Brazil, for their reinsertion into their natural environment. They have managed to adapt to the harsh conditions of their habitat in the Caatinga and already fly in the wild. This parrot is one of the most important projects of the Foundation, which has managed to move its category on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from ‘critically endangered’ to ‘endangered’.

Brunelli’s, three years offering the best meat this side of the Atlantic

Brunelli’s restaurant, located in front of Loro Parque, is to be congratulated because it has been named the “benchmark of great meats in the Canary Islands” by important gastronomic supplements such as Metropolis from El Mundo and as “the best meat restaurant in Tenerife” by TripAdvisor in 2018.

Thus, since its opening three years ago, this establishment, styled after typical American steakhouses, has revolutionised the gastronomic offer of Puerto de La Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, with its impressive range of meats: Ávila steak, Black Angus ox entrecote, etc. -the best cuts cooked in a very special way. All this, thanks to the fact that Brunelli’s has an oven, unique in the Canary Islands, capable of cooking meat at 800º, and thus maintaining all the flavour and imbuing it with the juiciest of textures.

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

Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden, elegance and comfort

The 5***** Grand Luxury Hotel Botánico ensures the highest quality by its inclusion in The Leading Hotels of the World group. 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 makes its customers feel that they are in a unique place.

The Hotel has a wide gastronomic offer led by El Oriental, recognised as the best Thai restaurant in the Canary Islands, and Il Pappagallo, with its cosy terrace that offers live music every day.

It recently received the TUI Holly 2019, Condé Nast Johansens 2019 award for the best hotel with a Spa in Europe and the Mediterranean, and HolidayCheck 2019, prizes which have arrived to add to an already extensive and impressive list of recognitions. Thus, the Hotel Botánico has seen its position strengthened once again, as a safe and quality choice when spending a holiday in Tenerife.

Its offer of relaxation and beauty is revived in their exclusive Oriental Spa Garden, with new anti-stress and detox treatments, carried out with aloe vera and ayurveda. It also offers beauty treatments with the prestigious Dr. Krulig. An extraordinary holiday in one of the most beautiful environments in the north of Tenerife would undoubtedly be a real gift.

Loro Parque celebrates World Wildlife Day with an entire week of activities

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Loro Parque has devoted special attention to World Wildlife Day, which this year focused on the incalculable value of marine life.  To this end, activities were carried out throughout the week with the aim of promoting awareness and education about the immense diversity of species that inhabit the marine world and their importance to the ecosystem as a whole.

To this end, the Education Department of the Loro Parque Foundation has carried out different activities throughout the week, among which was a students’ guided visit to the Loro Parque Aquarium, where they discovered that the oceans hide an enormously rich biodiversity.  Thus, the students have learned about the immense variety of species that inhabit the sea and the various threats they face, such as over-exploitation, pollution, loss of coastal habitats or climate change.

Within the actions of the Wildlife Week, the Education team has also made further visits to the coasts of the Canary Islands, continuing with the project ‘The Sand on Our Beaches.  On this occasion, the Department of Education has travelled to three different Tinerfeñan beaches. There, 94 students of the Colegio Alemán and 25 from the IES Manuel Martín González have investigated the abundance of plastic and the factors that can influence its accumulation.

On the other hand, an education campaign on marine life has been carried out in the Parque’s social networks.  In this, curiosities are explained such as turtles’ markings or the importance of mangroves which act as natural filters, amongst other functions, preventing a large amount of organic matter from reaching the coral reefs.

With these ongoing activities, Loro Parque reinforces its commitment to the protection and conservation not only of marine species but of all wild animals, which act in the Parque as true Ambassadors of their fellow creatures in the wild, helping to make visitors aware of the dangers they face.