Together We Protect – Zoomarine

The triple embrace between Science, Conservation and Education for Sustainability, always in favour of animal welfare

A little over 30 years ago, a group worried about the possible extinction of a growing number of species, has decided to create a European instrument for the protection of said species. This is how EEP – European Endangered Species Program was born.
This has created the conditions to optimize the reproduction of several individuals, in an ethically, scientifically and genetically responsible way.

Shortly thereafter, following this joint effort of several European entities, zoological professionals and scientists, EAZA emerged – the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This month, precisely 30 years after EAZA’s birth, nearly a thousand specialists from all over the world, are coming to the Algarve, to join EAZA’s 30th annual congress with the support and coordination of Zoomarine.

The conference works will take place at the NAU Salgados Palace Hotel (congress center), between September 27th and October 1st, with 925 participating international experts from 70-80 countries, from over 400 entities, from several but complementary areas such as Rehabilitation, Reproduction and Genetics, Veterinary Medicine, Nature Conservation, Natural Sciences, Environmental Education, zoological management, legislation, regulatory bodies, et cetera.

The official visit to Zoomarine (the host), will take place on September 29th, when the participants will have the opportunity to visit the backstage of the park, meet the national experts, study the conservation, science and education projects and, of course, have a glimpse of the many specimens that are involved in the special EAZA’ reproduction programs – the EEP and the ESB.

In order to celebrate such an honourable presence, and due to the fact that this is the first time that EAZA annual congress takes place in Portugal, also on the 29th of September, the congressmen and congresswomen will participate in the return of a rehabilitated bird to the wild. This is a joint action between Zoomarine and RIAS (Center for Recovery and Research of Wild Animals, from Olhão), the entity that was elected as the recipient of the funds collected on a Silent Auction taking place that same night.

The participants will also have the honour of joining the planting of a rare Monchique Oak, a Portuguese critically endangered tree species (it is estimated that there are less than 300 specimens of Monchique Oaks in Portugal), thus giving a formal start to Zoomarine’s Botanical Garden – an increased and sustained step for the mission of the oceanographic entertainment park educational institution founded in 1991, for Nature Conservation.

In these times of increasing urgency in the areas of climate change, 6th mass extinction of species, and of so many international geopolitical uncertainties, it is comforting to know that so many entities and so many specialists remain united and so strongly committed to a mission that impels us and encourage us to unite efforts, knowledge and our hearts…

… because the species need it, because the Planet demands it – and because only this makes sense for those who dedicate their lives to the Natural World and Science, since, without a doubt, TOGETHER WE PROTECT.

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