Penguins and plaudits for Loro Parque, Tenerife

Long admired for their animal preservation and breeding programme, Loro Parque, in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife has been awarded dual honours from the Institute of Responsible Tourism. They now have the titles of Biosphere Park and Animal Embassy. President and founder of Loro Parque, Wolfgang Kiessling was presented with the awards in the prescence of Ricardo Melchior, President of the Tenerife Cabildo.

As a timely reminder of the pioneering work performed at the park, Planet Penguin, one of their biggest attractions has announced that they are expecting the patter of little flippers. Geisha, a King Penquin, has become their first to lay an egg. It will take about 55 days for the egg to incubate, with both parents sharing the task.

Geisha has been through quite an ordeal during her life, she was rescued by a Japanese fishing ship in 2003 after being caught in their nets just off the Cape of Good Hope. Hopefully all will go well and the park will soon have a new addition to the second biggest species of the penquin family.

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