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Loro Parque bids farewell to 2020 by celebrating its 48th anniversary 

Despite having to close its doors for the first time in its history, which was nine months ago, the Park is celebrating its 48th anniversary after a year of important achievements and challenges  

Almost on the eve of Christmas and about to close a
turbulent 2020, Loro Parque has celebrated its 48th anniversary this Thursday
17 December, in a year in which, despite the serious global crisis caused by
the COVID-19, it has continued to strengthen its love and commitment to nature
and animals.

Thus, after closing on 15 March, the Park has
witnessed numerous births, as is customary in its facilities, and has obtained
important results in its research and conservation projects, which have not
been halted despite the circumstances.

Loro Parque started in 1972 with only 25 people, 150
parrots and an area of 13,000 square meters. Since then, and after a history of
many challenges, the Park has become one of the most respected zoological
institutions in the world, both for its beauty, the excellence of its
facilities and the absolute respect for nature.

historic closing of the doors

In all its history, since it first opened on a rainy
December 17th 48 years ago, Loro Parque had never closed its doors and operated
365 days a year. On 15th March 2020, after an unprecedented global crisis, it
had to close down. What were expected to be 15 days turned into weeks, and
weeks into months, without a clear date of reopening.

From #AtHomeWithLoroParque to Loro Parque LIVE

Faced with this unprecedented situation, Loro Parque
started a campaign on its social networks with the hashtag #AtHomeWithLoroParque,
through which it was sharing daily content about the activity taking place
behind closed doors at its facilities. There, the animals have continued to
receive all the care to ensure their maximum well-being and the staff have
continued to work with all the prevention measures recommended by the
authorities to keep them in good health.

Thus, the official accounts of the Park increased its
programming so that, from home, all its followers could continue to learn about
the important work that this wildlife conservation centre does in the areas of
animal welfare, protection of endangered species, education and creating

In the last few weeks, a new initiative has delighted
its fans: Loro Parque LIVE, live videos in which Rafael Zamora, scientific
director of Loro Parque Fundación, tours the facilities and discovers
curiosities and interesting data about life in the Park. This innovative format
is being very well received and is expected to continue, in seasons, in 2021.

Exclusive Day Tour, an unprecedented guided tour of the Park

This year, Loro Parque has launched the Exclusive Day
Tour, an initiative with which you can get to know the Park behind closed doors
in small groups accompanied by a guide, as well as enjoy a delicious lunch at
Brunelli’s Steakhouse restaurant. This option is still available from Thursday
to Monday from 10:00 to 17:15.

Parque, an authentic Animal Embassy

Loro Parque closes another year in which it has
continued to consolidate its position as a true animal embassy, in which the
specimens that live in its installations act as representatives of their fellow
creatures in nature, most of them under some degree of threat according to the
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Park’s followers
thus have first-hand knowledge of these animals and are aware of the dangers
they face in the wild, which results in greater protection for wild

A history
of successes

Throughout its 48 years of history, the Loro Parque
Company has won numerous awards, including the Plaque and Gold Medal for
Tourism Merit awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism;
the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands Government; the Gold Medal of the city of
Puerto de la Cruz and the Gold Medal of the Tenerife Island Council, among
others. Loro Parque is also the only company in the Canary Islands to have won
the Prince of Asturias Award for Business Excellence and has been voted the
best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor users in 2017 and 2018.


Also, in
2020, Loro Parque has become the first zoological institution in the world to
be self-sufficient in green energy. Thanks to a photovoltaic plant located in
Arico, which generates 4.75 MW of energy; to the solar panels installed on the
roof of the large Poema del Mar aquarium, with 160 KW,

and to a
large wind turbine of 4 MW recently inaugurated in Gran Canaria, the Park
generates more energy than it consumes.

Parque Fundación maintains its wildlife conservation commitment

Loro Parque Fundación has ensured to maintain its
support for the conservation projects, with which it collaborates around the
world. The non-profit organisation, created by Loro Parque in 1994, has to date
allocated 22.8 million dollars to more than 200 conservation projects in the
five continents and has contributed, directly or in jointly with other NGOs, to
saving 10 species of parrots from extinction.

This work is now more important than ever, in a world
where animals are facing serious threats and dangers in the wild, now
compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, and need the support and work of animal
embassies like Loro Parque.