The Foundation wanted to help the Thai Elephant Alliance Association, which takes care of elephants facing a dramatic situation due to the crisis caused by COVID-19 and the lack of tourism
In the context of the current global crisis, which has seriously affected tourism and is also having dramatic consequences for some animals, the Loro Parque Fundación has made a donation of $ 20,000 to the Thai Elephant Alliance Association.
This association is dedicated to caring for elephants that previously had a way of life thanks to tourism and that have now been left unprotected as a result of the stoppage caused by COVID-19. Thanks to it, animals live in large areas and receive all the care and attention they need to be able to survive with dignity for the rest of their lives.
Although the Loro Parque Fundación has not been able to deliver the donation personally, the Spanish Ambassador to Thailand, Emilio de Miguel Calabia, has done so on its behalf, once this has been possible under the circumstances.
The widespread confinement in many countries and the global stoppage of travel has had a major impact on many facilities that keep animals, such as zoos or some rescue centers. Their forced closure has left them without visitors, who represented their only source of income, but these organizations must continue to feed the animals and provide them with veterinary services, environmental enrichment and supply of medicines to guarantee their well-being.
This situation is especially dramatic for the centers that take care of the largest animals, such as elephants, which every day require 200 kilos of vegetables per specimen for their food. In Thailand there are dozens of these centers and it is estimated that it could make up to 4,000 elephants that were collected when they were no longer useful as work animals due to mechanization. Thanks to the influx of tourists in the country, they could be cared for and fed in a dignified way, but today, with the crisis caused by the expansion of COVID-19, that is no longer possible.
Many Thai parks are facing a tragic financial situation, resulting in difficulties in properly feeding their animals. And the uncontrolled release of animals is not a viable solution either, because it would pose an environmental and even social problem, since natural habitats cannot support a higher density of elephants and it is very likely that they would end up devastating farmland. . This is without taking into account that many of them would end up malnourished and sick, and even starving.
Thus, it is in these circumstances, in which it is necessary to collaborate to avoid animal suffering, that the Loro Parque Fundación has decided to contribute to the protection of these elephants at risk with a donation that will provide them with food and adequate care, ensuring their survival.
Source / Agencies / Press releases / Natalya Romashko Department of Communication and Image