EAZA

Those involved in the conservation of endangered species meet in Spain for the first time

• In May 2016, BIOPARC Fuengirola will host the IV Forum of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), an important biennial event that promotes the preservation of wildlife and biodiversity with world experts in this field congregated over three days.

• The one month breeding “red fronted lemur”, species included in the “red list” of endangered species, can only be seen in Spain in BIOPARC Valencia.

The conservation of nature in our overpopulated planet has gone from focusing on specific species, to trying to save entire ecosystems. A gorilla can’t be saved without protecting their jungles, and we can not save pandas if we don’t conserve their forests. Therefore, an increasingly removed from nature public must be awarded of the importance of protecting it. Just discovering and enjoying it, will be appreciated. And if it’s appreciated, they’ll try to keep it.

This is the task of the new zoos, where the surrounding beauty attracts the profane and helps/approaches them to understand, love and appreciate the animals they discover on their path/way. The association of all these European new generation parks decided to create a forum, held every two years, joining the largest conservation experts in the world to discuss the most pressing problems and seek solutions.

This meeting, never held in Spain before, will gather those responsible for defending ecosystems and free species preserved in zoos, encouraging awareness of the importance of protecting them.

Under the motto “Building Bridges”, 150 experts involved in conservation and professionals from the best zoos in Europe, will meet in BIOPARC Fuengirola, to share their criteria and join efforts in specific projects. The protection of Mediterranean bio-diversity will be the main focus of the meeting, but during the three days of the Forum, projects that are taking place in every corner of the world will be shared.

The privilege granted to Spain by the EAZA is based on years of hard work and conservation successes in BIOPARC. Through its Foundation and its two parks, Fuengirola and Valencia, BIOPARC brings over 15 years experience in captive breeding of endangered species and the results of their participation in projects of preservation of wild species ranging from the Betic midwife toad and the Iberian lynx to the unique gorillas Ebo forest, in Cameroon, Guinea drills, Komodo dragons on Flores island and the restoration of orangutans and gibbons habitats on in Borneo. A host at the height of the eminences that next May will meet in Fuengirola. And the great conservation challenges of this young century XXI.

The result of this effort in the defence of biodiversity, today is one month old, the breeding red fronted lemur, a precious endemic species of Madagascar included in the “red list” of endangered species of IUCN (International Union for Conservation Nature) that we can see only in Spain in Valencia BIOPARC.