Commitment

Responsability

We seek to have a positive impact on our team and communities by operating responsibly. The safety and well-being of all our guests is our top priority. Parques Reunidos complies with each and every one of the established safety regulations, and goes beyond regulatory requirements, setting new standards for the industry worldwide.

We also have a strong focus on sustainability, protection of wildlife and the natural world, environmental education, science and research. We are committed to ensuring that animals receive the best possible care. Our zoos and marine life parks make sure all of our animals’ needs are met and exceed all government regulations and professional animal care standards.

Additional information on our zoos

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All our European PQR zoos are members of the  European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) or the corresponding National associations (AIZA, BIAZA), with the aim of establishing cooperative breeding programs that would facilitate the long-term sustainability of a long list of animal species.

Our parks participate in over 90 European breeding programs, which work to protect the most endangered species of wild fauna kept in European zoos.

Our belief that education is one of the most important misions of a modern zoological institution is shared and reflected across all Parques Reunidos’ sites. To do so we perform and organize guided visits, seasonal camps and school activities, which transmit our values to our audiences and educate younger generations.

Our educational animal presentations designed around positive reinforcement techniques, highlighting the animals’ abilities and biological features as part of the zoos’ educational activity.

The research programs carried out by Parques Reunidos have a range of approaches: field research, research on species kept in zoo collections and applied research projects. Animal welfare, conservation, behavior, cognition, physiology, and veterinary sciences are the main lines of research we follow.

Parques Reunidos Foundation

As part of our corporate social responsibility endeavors we have set up The Parques Reunidos Foundation, which plays a key role in our CSR policy. We believe that only through education and knowledge is it possible to achieve the awareness needed to protect our intangible natural heritage and biodiversity.

The Parques Reunidos Foundation is a private non-profit organization. It seeks to protect our environment and biodiversity by promoting sustainable development through the responsible use of resources, by contributing to the conservation of our natural heritage and by raising awareness in the field.

The Parques Reunidos Foundation collaborates with many international organizations in situ for the conservation of highly endangered species, primarily by raising awareness and by providing direct support (financial or zoological expertise) to well-established international projects throughout the world.

Conservation & Research

The conservation of ecosystems and the protection of endangered species has always been one of the cornerstones on which Parques Reunidos has based its projects. When the 2003 Zoos Act regulated the role that zoos should have in the field of conservation, Parques Reunidos had already fulfilled many of the requirements.

From the very creation of the company, we have taken on numerous projects to fight for the conservation of the most vulnerable species and natural ecosystems. Of all of these, perhaps the most important are the “in situ” conservation projects, that is, those programs that are carried out in locations where native animal populations still remain. The Monk Seal monitoring and protection program in Mauritania, the program to reintroduce the Grey Titi in Colombia, or the programs to protect native Iberian fauna (Spanish Imperial eagle, the European mink or the Iberian lynx, among others) – which we have managed to launch thanks to the various agreements with the Spanish authorities –, are some of the fronts to which we dedicate our conservation efforts.

Since its beginnings, The Parques Reunidos Foundation has promoted research through collaboration between various zoological entities, museums, universities and training centers, carrying out, in turn, important educational and awareness-raising work among the thousands of students of all ages who visit our centers every year.

Our current main research activities are directed towards discovering the main welfare indicators for marine mammals, enabling us to measure these in the near future. We also seek to improve the available reproduction technologies for zoo and wildlife animals, so that we may participate in developing new technologies that could be used with endangered fauna. Lastly, we seek to evaluate how modern zoos can engage the general public in conservation and biodiversity through their activities.

You can visit the Parques Reunidos Foundation website to view all of the programs.