Interview with Wolfgang Kiessling, President of the Loro Parque Company

On 15 March 2020, the famous Loro Parque Zoo in Puerto de la Cruz closed its doors to the public for the first time since its opening on 17 December 1972. In its almost 50-year history, this well-known “animal embassy” had never closed and operated 365 days a year.

Coinciding with the sad reality of being closed to the public for a year, Wolfgang Kiessling gave the following interview in which he reviews the overall situation and looks to the future with hope.

Suddenly Dying: How Does Our Response to Marine Mammal Deaths Leave Us Less Human?

original source: Two weeks ago, an orca named Skyla died at Loro Parque in Canary Islands, Spain. The cause of death was found to be an intestinal torsion, which caused an acute sepsis (infection of the bloodstream) and sudden death. I can’t comment on Skyla’s case, because I wasn’t involved. What I can tell you, after a decade of caring for the health of marine mammals in a variety of settings, is that the public response to this case rings similar Continue reading

Open letter to Sky du Mont

With great astonishment and regret have we noticed that you support PETA’s press release with a video message in which you request that the tour operator TUI stops selling tickets to dolphinariums and marine parks worldwide. In addition, you mention in your message the, for us very painful, death of our female orca Skyla and the question arises: What do you know about marine mammals, especially orcas, to spread such a message?

Loro Parque participates in a study that evaluates for the first time the relationship between personality and well-being in orcas

A study recently published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science, in which Loro Parque has participated, has evaluated for the first time the personality and well-being of 26 orcas, and has concluded that the most extroverted and dominant specimens experience greater subjective well-being, i.e., they experience more positive emotions and feel more satisfied. This pioneering project has built on previous studies initiated at Loro Parque on personality and has used questionnaires for the assessment of well-being based on previous Continue reading

Loro Parque’s Statement

When it comes to PETA, an organization that has nothing to do with the well-being of animals in human care – and the authentic welfare experts and animal lovers know that! – one could say that it has reached the maximum level of ridiculousness in their radicalized and ill-intentioned declarations against modern zoos, on the whole, and Loro Parque, in particular, inventing any excuse or reason for that. And yet, it appears that they are always there to continue to Continue reading

The hypocrites

The activists of the organisation Peta loudly and aggressively stand up for animal rights.How come they have secretly made a pact with a meat industry group? by Anne Kunze and Stefan Willeke original source If you ask actress Jana Wagenhuber why she undresses in front of a fur shop in downtown Hamburg on a frosty winter’s day, slips on her self-sewn gauntlets, smears her upper body with ketchup and lies half-naked on a coyote skin, why she lets passers-by stare Continue reading

Loro Parque’s Statement

Upon the passing away of our dear Skyla, we have received in these past days numerous messages of affection and support through our social networks, as well as from our colleagues from modern zoos, aquariums around the world, and we want to express our heartfelt gratitude. As a response to this display of affection and sincere concern, we proceed to share with you the results of the post-mortem study carried out on our Skyla by a group of expert cetacean Continue reading

Loro Parque: 1 year historical closing of the doors

Today, 15 March 2021, it will be one year since the historic closure of Loro Parque. Throughout its history, since it opened for the first time on a rainy 17th December 48 years ago, Loro Parque had never closed and operated 365 days a year. On 15 March 2020, due to an unprecedented global crisis, it had to close. What was expected to be 15 days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and months into a year, with no clear Continue reading

Loro Parque’s Statement

Unfortunately Skyla, the youngest orca that arrived at Loro Parque from SeaWorld in 2006, passed away last night. We have no words to express what this loss means to all of us. Skyla was part of the Loro Parque family and we will always remember her uniqueness and her kind character with the greatest love and affection. We want to share with you that Skyla was in perfect condition until yesterday, when she began to show some signs of discomfort, Continue reading

Zoos are made by people for people

Source: Sponsored Content Scientific Zoos of Switzerland As part of the Corona support measures, the Federal Council already decided in March 2020 to provide financial support to museums, including natural history and zoological museums, from a cultural fund created specifically for this purpose. In the process, zoos and animal parks were explicitly excluded from the support. This was done with the argument that zoos and animal parks were only recreational facilities. Since then, zoos, aquariums, animal and wildlife parks Continue reading

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