Loro Parque and the Tenerife Cabildo carried out yesterday afternoon, Thursday June 13, a series of conferences on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt. The conferences, held at the world’s best zoo, extolled the figure of this scientist who is considered to be the Father of modern universal geography.
The acting Cabildo Councillor for External Action Delia Herrera, thanked the Humboldt Cultural Association and Loro Parque for their collaboration in organising the events and explained that, in order to raise awareness of the scientist, various events have been prepared, as well as other activities with schoolchildren, in which the Island’s Department of Museums has also collaborated.
During the day, the first to take the floor was the Emeritus Professor of the University of Navarra Luis Herrera, with the lecture Alexander von Humboldt: from Tenerife to the New World, The Humboldt penguin and other eponyms. Following this, Fátima Hernández, PhD in Biology from the University of La Laguna, gave her talk entitled Alexander von Humboldt and artists’ convergent visions of nature.
Subsequently, Isidoro Sánchez, President of the Humboldt Cultural Association in the Canary Islands, spoke about the visit of this scientist to the island. Finally, the day closed with the presentation of a work by the artist Alejandro Tosco, created especially for the occasion.
The programme of events continues today, Friday June 14, at the facilities of the Museum of Nature and Archaeology (MUNA) with a workshop aimed at children on the recognition of marine silhouettes, an activity that will include the species baptised as the Humboldt penguin. It’s also planned that these activities held on the Island will be joined by other actions next September in Ecuador. Specifically, a talk and the painting exhibition De Sur a Sur (From South to South) has been programmed in the city of Quito, organised in collaboration with the Humboldt Association based in this country.
In addition to the 250th anniversary of Humboldt’s birth in 2019, 160 years have already passed since his death in Berlin (6 May 1859) and 220 years since his visit to the Canary Islands (June 1799), which is why an extensive programme of activities has been organised in Ecuador, Germany and Tenerife around his person.
This programme of cultural events aims not only to reinforce the vision of the Island as an intercontinental platform, but also to raise awareness of environmental sustainable development objectives (SDS) through art.