Loro Parque begins the year with the birth of twin jaguars

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Loro Parque has welcomed the birth of two jaguar cubs that were born in December during their 47th anniversary celebrations.  The Panthera onca specimens are with their mother, Naya, adapting to their new home where they can already be observed together.

This great event represents a conservation success because the Panthera onca is a species categorized as Near Threatened in the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  One of the greatest dangers faced by jaguar specimens is the high rates of deforestation in Latin America and the fragmentation of their habitats that isolates them and makes them more vulnerable to human persecution.

These births reinforce Loro Parque’s place in its commitment to the protection of nature and different species, which makes it a true embassy for wild animals.  The birth of new specimens is always an excellent indicator of animal welfare, because it means that their requirements are covered and, consequently, they manage to reproduce without difficulty.

To receive the cubs, the entire team of the Terrestrial Mammal Department and the expert vets ensured the correct evolution of Naya’s pregnancy.  And the team prepared the habitat especially so that the mother would be comfortable at all times.

For now, as is natural in the first few months, the jaguars are being fed by their mother, who is attentive to their care at all times.  In terms of physical appearance, the twins are similar to their father, Gulliver, who has more visible spots and a lighter-coloured coat. Conservation success Naya is part of a conservation programme within the European Endangered Species Programme (EPP), to which zoos linked to the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) are affiliated.  She arrived at Loro Parque in 2019 from a zoological institution in Martinique, in the Caribbean, with the aim of increasing the programme’s genetic diversity.   The jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas and the third largest in the world, after the tiger and the lion.  Within its range, it’s the animal at the top of the food chain, and can live in habitats as diverse as the Amazon rainforest or the dry steppes of southern South America. In the wild, it feeds on a variety of live prey, from fish to large mammals and even small alligators.  In addition, it’s known to have the strongest jaws within the big cat group.  In general, and with the exception of the breeding and reproduction periods, it’s a solitary animal. Although commercial hunting of jaguars for their skins has decreased dramatically since the 1970s, thanks to various anti-fur campaigns and the progressive control and closure of international markets, unfortunately there is still demand for their paws, teeth and other products. However, through these zoo-organised conservation programmes, the population of these animals is growing.  And at the same time, this particular family of jaguars will help to make visitors aware of the difficulties faced by their fellow creatures in the wild.

Loro Parque’s Statement about a gathering in front of the Krefeld town hall under the slogan “Our Zoo – Our Responsibility”

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On Friday, January 24th, at 4 p.m., a major event under the slogan “Our Zoo – Our Responsibility” will be taking place in front of the Krefeld town hall with the objective of commemorating the more than 30 animals who fell victims to the tragic fire of the great ape house on New Year’s Night.

During this meeting, the good-willed people will be able to give their words of consolation to the deeply committed Krefeld zoo team, led by Dr. Wolfgang Dreßen, among them, naturally, the zookeepers, affected by the loss of these wonderful animals, whom they have known and looked after for decades. It will also be an opportunity to express the gratitude to the members of the emergency services who helped in dealing with the tragedy. Many thanks will also go to the numerous friends of the Krefeld Zoo from all over the world who have shown their great sympathy and will certainly continue to demonstrate it.

Despite all the deep grief, this solidarity, especially coming from the Krefeld town population, whose outstanding sympathy for their zoo is impressive, gives a lot of encouragement to the authentic animal friends!

Taking into account the imminent threat to humans and wildlife from the man-created sixth global extinction, which is currently taking over our planet just like the climate crisis (more than 1 billion animals lost their lives in the bushfires in Australia and many more their home), this is a positive and hopeful sign that the modern zoological gardens are standing even closer together in the light of this situation. The expertise of our modern zoos in protecting the endangered animal species is becoming increasingly important. Their importance as Embassies for Wild Animals and as a meeting point between humans and animals in an increasingly alienated society is growing today more than ever.

Together with our numerous friends and supporters from politics and administration, science and education, as well as nature and animal protection, we as modern zoos will not let up in our commitment to protect wildlife and nature. We would also like to thank the Mayor of Krefeld, Frank Meyer, for his clear words on the start of the New Year, when he criticized as inappropriate the attacks of uninformed and misguided radical animal rights activists.

We, at Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundación, would like to express our appreciation of Mr. Meyer’s strong commitment to the reconstruction of the modernized facility for the great apes in Krefeld. Of especial importance are his comments that, “we are talking about animal species that are critically endangered in the wild and that they will only have a future if institutions, like the Krefeld Zoo, continue their valuable work – and that is exactly what we will do”.  In addition, one should highlight his plea to look ahead with all sadness in order to “emerge from the catastrophe to become even stronger than before.” As modern zoos, we feel deeply committed to nature and animal protection.

The friends of the Krefeld Zoo can be confident that they count with the support of Loro Parque! Because if there did not exist a zoo, then it would be high time now to invent it!

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

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

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

Loro Parque, an impressive animal embassy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And for those who seek relaxation in an exclusive atmosphere, Siam Park offers Siam Beach, the most heavenly beach with artificial waves in the Canary Islands, where the incredible waves of The Wave Palace break.  Siam Park, located in Adeje, Tenerife, is a place where good weather and fun are guaranteed all year round and is therefore another must-visit venue if you travel to the Canary Islands.

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

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

Just two years after its opening, this great aquarium offers its visitors a unique opportunity: a trip to the deepest ocean via its Deep Sea exhibit, which has the largest curved display window in the world, measuring 36 metres wide, 7.35 metres high and 39 centimetres thick.  With a total tank depth of 8.5 metres and 5.5 million litres of water, Deep Sea allows you to observe, in an unparalleled environment, the wonders of the ocean depths, and the around 3,000 specimens of up to 40 different species that swim in its dark waters.

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

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

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The Loro Parque Foundation: 25 years of commitment and love for nature

In 1994, Loro Parque consolidated its firm commitment to environmental work through the creation of The Loro Parque Foundation, an international non-profit organisation specialising in the conservation and protection of species of parrots and marine mammals, amongst other animals, that are in danger of extinction.

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

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

In addition, The Loro Parque Foundation maintains a firm commitment to the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands and dedicates a significant part of its resources to its protection through projects with The Loro Parque Foundation and the Poema del Mar aquarium.  Among these, CanBio stands out, a research program financed jointly by Loro Parque and the Canary Islands Government and through which different research groups from the University of La Laguna and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are studying climate change at sea and ocean acidification and its effects on the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands and Macaronesia, especially on cetaceans, turtles, sharks and rays.

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

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Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden, elegance and comfort

The 5***** Grand Luxury Hotel Botánico ensures the highest quality as it belongs to The Leading Hotels of the World organisation.  Located in Puerto de La Cruz, in the north of the island of Tenerife, it offers incomparable views of Teide and the Atlantic Ocean.  It also has an extensive collection of paintings by various Canarian artists that make its customers feel they are in a unique place.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Its offer is completed with an excellent wine list, varied desserts, a meticulous service, and the possibility of contemplating the best sunsets of the island from its large terrace open to the sea.  Brunelli’s is known for having the best meat on this side of the Atlantic: in Puerto de La Cruz, in the north of Tenerife.

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Kiessling demands a protected area for marine mammals throughout Macaronesia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Africa and South America, the forgotten

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

Plastic, the “enemy of mankind”

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

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

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

Loro Parque celebrates the year by welcoming several penguin chicks of various species

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After the baby boom enjoyed by Loro Parque in 2019, they have welcomed the New Year with the birth of numerous penguin nestlings of different species.  Particularly noteworthy are the birth of several Rockhopper Penguin chicks, a species that is catalogued as “in danger of extinction” according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and whose population is decreasing in the wild.

It is a species that is very difficult to reproduce and their arrival in the Parque is the result of the great work of the Penguinarium team, which has dedicated a lot of time and effort to the young, taking care of every detail during their incubation and growth.  Now, they can be seen in the Baby Penguin section of the exhibition, until they can join the rest of the Antarctic penguin family.

Following this breeding season, which takes place every year around this time, Loro Parque has also welcomed new Gentoo and King Penguins, some of which are with their parents in the main exhibition, while others remain in quarantine or, like the Rockhopper Penguins, in Baby Penguin.

The birth of new specimens is always an excellent indicator of animal welfare, because it guarantees that their needs are being met and, consequently, they manage to reproduce without difficulty.  Thus, for example, the famous and beloved female King Penguin Geisha, who was welcomed into this authentic animal embassy in August 2003, has already seen the birth of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the Parque.

This is possible, to a great extent, due to the commitment of the Portuense zoo to the excellence and care of every detail, thanks to which its facilities always benefit from the highest quality.  Thus, in addition to recreating the natural habitat of these species by generating 12 tons of snow per day, the normal light cycles of Antarctica are also respected, simulating, in real time, the changes of season as they occur in this remote part of the planet.

According to Rafael Zamora, Scientific Director of the Loro Parque Foundation, penguins will be one of the birds that will suffer most from the effects of climate change because their relationship with the Antarctic marine environment is so direct that even the slightest modifications will influence their populations.  “It’s worrying to know that the penguins are modifying their behaviour to try to adapt to the changes” says Zamora “because this does not mean that all the different species will manage to overcome the process without becoming extinct”.

Furthermore, in contrast to what happens every year in the facilities at Loro Parque, many specimens in nature are not reproducing due to the stress of the changes in their environment.  Thus, the reduction of the frozen area, which they inhabit or the absence of fish to feed on means that there is no guarantee that their offspring will survive.

The Foundation’s Scientific Director has also stressed the value of the ex-situ scientific work carried out in the Parque.  “It’s generating very valuable data for the conservation of the different species, data that is practically impossible to obtain in the wild due to the extreme habitats in which penguins live.”

Thus their weights, incubation times, behaviour indicators, dietary requirements and studies of their longevity or blood parameters, among other factors, are key in cases of the necessity of rescue due to natural disasters or for the design of conservation plans in the wild.

In Loro Parque, visitors can learn about these species and the threats they face in their natural environments, and it is in its facilities where they can really see how important it is to contribute to their protection.

Condolence message with regard to the tragic fire at Krefeld Zoo on New Year’s Eve

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The start of the year 2020 was unfortunately an incredibly sad one for us as a modern zoo committed to nature, species and animal protection!

For it was with great dismay that we had to learn that on New Year’s Eve the tropical Great Ape House built in 1975 at Krefeld Zoo which had been a pioneering step in modern zoo biology for a long time and which housed numerous marmosets, agoutis, flying foxes and birds alongside West African chimpanzees, Borneo orangutans and the two senior gorillas Massa (48) and Boma (46) in the midst of lush tropical vegetation, completely burned down.

Except for two chimpanzees – which miraculously survived – more than 30 animals lost their lives in this dramatic fire tragedy.

This fire was obviously caused by Chinese “sky lanterns”, which are forbidden in Germany.

Just a few days before New Year’s Eve, Krefeld Zoo had appealed to the city’s inhabitants to donate money for the further improvement of ape keeping in the planned “Chimpanzee Forest” instead of spending it on the short-term pleasure of the – on top of that environmentally harmful and not very animal-friendly – fireworks! Actually, it should be a matter of course for every clear-thinking person that fireworks are not supposed to be placed near zoos and other animal facilities.

In addition, in view of the fire catastrophes in nature, which are occurring more and more frequently due to human activity and climate change, we should bear in mind that countless animals lose their lives in their habitats in a similarly tragic way. According to the University of Sydney, 480 million birds, reptiles and mammals, including almost 8,000 koalas, have lost their lives in the bush fires in Australia since September 2019.

The commitment of modern zoos to nature and species conservation and animal protection is all the more important. It is true that the zoo community has lost great animal personalities in the tragic fire disaster at Krefeld Zoo. But our joint commitment to the preservation of wildlife and nature will continue and we will move even closer together.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues at Krefeld Zoo, especially the animal caretakers of the Great Ape House, who loved the animals entrusted to them very much.

Dear Team of Krefeld Zoo: We wish you in the coming days and weeks a lot of strength, courage and confidence! If we can help in any way, please let us know!

Your team from Loro Parque