Animal Embassy

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Loro Parque, the best zoological garden in Europe and 3rd worldwide, according to Trip Advisor, continues strenghten its commitment of constant innovation and the premise of becoming an international educational, scientific and animal reserve, will soon open its new enclosure Animal Embassy, a firm commitment to ecology and preservation of the planet.

This new area of over 2.200 square meters is dedicated to educate the visitors about the importance of the respect for the environment and the animals that inhabit the earth. Provided with five original buildings and a theming inspired by a native village in Africa, these facilities will present some of the most important activities of animal welfare, conservation and education realized by the park, as well as leading research that Loro Parque Fundación develops usually.

Six years ago, at the momento when Loro Parque received as the first zoo worldwide the certifícate ‘Biosphere Park-Animal Embassy’, awarded by the Institute for Responsible Travel (ITR) and endorsed by the Cabildo of Tenerife, the president of its Foundation, Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling emphasized the institution´s commitment to the environment, because the fact of living every day with the wild animals definitely inspires to promove the love for nature. In this sense, the main objective of Loro Parque with this new facility is that the animals of the park become the ambassodors of their own species and as such they have to receive all the care and attention of a diplomatic representative.


Research center linked to the Max Plank Institute

One of the buildings of Animal Embassy will house a research center, associated with the prestigious Max Planck Institue in Germany, where te cognitive development of the birds will be studied. The Institute has a research area with great apes, which they observe in situ in the Zoo Leipzig. This would be a pioneering study, because so far, the cognitive development has been observed especially in primates and some mammals like dolphins, but with birds it is an area that has to be discovered, and there have been only experiments with crows in New Caledonia and with cockatoos, and this is why Animal Embassy offers a unique opportunity to advance with parrot species.

Together with this area, there will be other attractions that already exists in Loro Parque, like the Baby Station, which shows the visitors the care that the babys parrots born in the park receive; the clinical area, which will present the activities of veterinarian care, and the laboratory, which will display the daily job of analyzing samples, from animals as well as water samples from the different tanks in the park.

It will also have a complex for the interactive announcement of the Loro Parque Fundación actions. This is the fourth of the spaces intended for the release in its strictest sense. Information panels and interactive applications will show the visitors the conservation and species recovery that Loro Parque Fundación realice in different parts of the planet.
This area gets completed at its main entrance with a new exhibition for the alligators, which allows to gain in size and visibility.

Thematic Aspects

Regarding to the thematic and decoration, it resoponds to the need to create an environment according to the needs of the different species: the five huts that compose Animal Embassy stand out for its architecture, imitating mud huts with Straw roof and large Windows to comfortably observe the activity that takes place inside. For this design we had the collaboration of different experts in the architectural modeling. One of this experts is Paolo Bonanno, in charge of the artistic direction of this new project after having completed Siam Park´s project (time when the artist visited Thailand and Cambodia). In this case, the direct inspiration source is up to Gambia and the arrangement of their villages of stone and mud, including the famous and lovely Baobab tree.

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