Loro Parque leads the way again
Loro Parque at Puerto de la Cruz has struck up yet another world-first.
More than 50 experts and researchers gathered there for the first international conference on the role of zoos in the conservation of biodiversity.
The event was organised and promoted by Loro Parque, in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment and with the help of the Canary Government. It also coincided with the tenth anniversary of the European Directive on zoos.
In this sense, MEPs on the environment committee of the European Parliament were present, together with representatives of the Spanish Environment department, experts with the Canary Government and members of the Association for Zoo and Aquarium Professionals.
The delegates discussed the current laws on animal welfare, as well as conservation work and wildlife diversity carried out by zoos.
Loro Parque is the first zoo in the world to have obtained the Animal Embassy certificate and is an international leader for its quality standards and welfare, as well as its commitment to biodiversity conservation. Through its foundation, it has invested nearly 14 million dollars in nearly 100 projects in over 70 countries.
An evening reception was held at the Hotel Botánico when the book “Canarias desde el mar hasta el cielo: 4 Parques Nacionales” was launched by former MEP Isidoro Sánchez and there was an exhibition of the national parks in the Canaries.
On their second day, visits were organised to the Teide National Park and other tourist and scientific sites.