This afternoon, Friday 7 May, the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, visited the Loro Parque facilities, which recently opened its doors after more than 13 months of closure due to the coronavirus. He was accompanied by the Regional Minister for Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning, José Antonio Valbuena, as well as other members of the regional government.
We are happy to share with you that Ula’s health continues to improve, although the veterinary team is still very cautious and considers that it will take several weeks before her problem is fully resolved.
A week ago, we shared with you our concern for Ula, the youngest member of the OrcaOcean family, due to the sudden appearance of an intestinal pathology.
With only a few days left before we reopen our doors after such a difficult year, we want to share with you our concern for Ula, the youngest member of the OrcaOcean family.
This morning, Thursday 22 April, Wolfgang Kiessling announced at a press conference that, after more than 13 months of forced closure due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, Loro Parque will reopen its doors with great enthusiasm this Saturday, 1 May.
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.
original source: https://claire-simeone.medium.com/suddenly-dying-how-does-our-response-to-marine-mammal-deaths-leave-us-less-human-c85e1c6e7a38 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
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?
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
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