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.
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 in order to facilitate the long-term sustainability of a long list of species of fauna.
Our parks participate in over 90 European breeding programs, representing the most endangered species of wild fauna kept in European zoos.
We strongly believe that education is one of the most important tasks of a modern zoological institution, and this is therefore of crucial importance at all Parques Reunidos’ sites. Guided visits, seasonal camps and school activities are just a few examples of the activities that are regularly performed at our parks.
During educational animal presentations, which are designed around positive reinforcement techniques, the animals’ abilities and biological features are highlighted 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 are the main lines of research we follow.
As part of our social responsibility endeavors we set up The Parques Reunidos Foundation, which plays a key role in our corporate responsibility 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.
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 Zoos Act 2003 regulated the role that Zoos should have in the field of conservation, Parques Reunidos had already covered much of the distance.
As of the very foundation of the company, we have initiated 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 the original populations remain. The Monk Seal monitoring and protection program in Mauritania, the program to reintroduce the Grey Titi in Columbia or the programs to protect native Iberian fauna (Spanish Imperial eagle, the European mink or the Iberian lynx among others) thanks to the various agreements signed with the Spanish Authorities, are some of the fronts to which we dedicate our conservation efforts.
Since its beginning The Parques Reunidos Foundation has promoted research through collaboration between various zoological entities, museums, universities and training centers, and in turn carries out important educational and awareness-raising work among the thousands of students of all ages who visit the various centers every year.
The main research activities currently being undertaken are directed towards discovering the main welfare indicators for marine mammals, enabling us to measure these in the near future; improving 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 and, lastly, evaluating 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