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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.
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 we 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.
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.
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 Loro Parque generates more energy than it consumes.
Loro 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 organization, created by Loro Parque in 1994, has to date allocated 22.8 million USD to more than 200 conservation projects in the five continents and has contributed, directly or jointly with other NGOs, to save 10 species of parrots from extinction.