Oasis Park Fuerteventura celebrating International Vulture Day

Sunday, 7 September, 2014

Fuerteventura Zoo celebrated with President of the council Mario Cabrera, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Rita Díaz, the Minister of Presidency, Environment and Transport Natalia Soto Évora and the mayor of the municipality of Pajara Rafael Perdomo this weekend 7th and 8th September at the initiative of the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), which this year aims to defend the vultures. As with other species in past editions, I set up a series of activities to publicize designated by the VCF on this day that is celebrated internationally. As reference data vultures live in Spain 95% of the European population and its conservation is vital to the balance of the environment as the type of food, release into the environment of corpses that can be infectious focus.

The use of a medication, "diclofenac" in domestic livestock threatens the conservation of this important scavenger. From AIZA (Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquariums) has conducted a campaign in which its removal and replacement is requested by an alternative medication which already existed in Spain.

Responsible of Education in Oasis Park, Guacimara Cabrera announced that in case of risk to the environment or human health, the Member and / or states the Commission can launch a process of referral to prohibit certain drugs. The fact that there is a safe alternative to this drug that European legislation protects these animals, and that EU taxpayers have already invested millions of euros in the conservation of European Vultures including the "guirre" should not leave no doubt of the need to prohibit diclofenac.

The zoo scheduled a exhibition tour in raptors to explain the feeding of vultures, a special children's workshop called "can you imagine a world without vultures?" And conducted a campaign On Line where all visitors sent photos showing their rejection of the use of medication.