Loro Parque has awarede today the Society for the Conservation of Marine Mammals (GSM) with the Premio Gorila 2011 in recognition of the strong environmental commitment to the defense and protection of cetaceans and the scientific responsibility assumed by this international organization for the preservation of marine biodiversity and Macaronesian waters. This event was held at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Canarian Government, in the presence of the President, Paulino Rivero, the President of Loro Parque Wolfgang Kiessling and the president and founder of GSM, Petra Deimer, who received the award on behalf of the entity. Also present were the President of the Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior and other civil and consular authorities who attendet the ninth presentation of this annual award.
Throughout her career Petra Deimer has been member of the Scientific Commitee of the International Whaling Commission, Member of the Advisory Committe of the German government for the conservation of species, as well as adviser of the International Fond for Animale Welfare and for many other entities related to the marine protection. She has written seven books, several televisión scripts and countless articles, to make people aware f whales, dolphins, seals, etc.
Thirty years ago only a few visionaries like Petra Deimer were able to notice the importance of the protection of cetaceans may have for sustainable development in the archipelagos of Macaronesia. And this was the germ on which crystallized the idea of creating a sanctuary, that means a figure for the sustainable use of marine ressources in Macaronesia. In this sense, in 1987 she managed to closet he last whaling station in Azores, and today it is one of the most priviled places in the world for whale watching, together with Madeira, Cabo Verde and Canary Islands.
The Premio Gorila is a recognition that Loro Parque has been awarding to the most important contributer of the year for effort and commitment to the development of the sector, and the application of responsible environmental policy. This prize consists of a bronze sculpture of a gorilla, because this animal represents loyality, strength and fidelity.
In previous editions, Loro Parque has awarded the Tour Operator Iberostar, and its President Miguel Fluxá received the award 2003. The following year the award was for the group Neckermann Thomas Cook AG, with the presence of the General Manager Wolfgang Beeper. Globalia – Travel Plan received the award in 2005 and in 2006 TUI UK, its General Manager David Harper attending the official event. In 2007 the Tour Operator TUI Germany received this award, and in 2008 it was for the President of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Ricardo Melchior, in recognition of his dedication and advocacy for the environment. In 2010, the Premio Gorila was awarded to the German TV channel VOX, for the promotion of the destination Tenerife and it 2011 to the President of Birdlife International for the conservation of birds.