Loro Parque is a popular tourist attraction in Tenerife, but its Foundation also supports projects to save endangered species across the world. However, this award presentation of the 2016 Gorilla Award held at the Presidency of the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was an opportunity for the Loro Parque Foundation to present the award to Versele Laga, a Belgian animal nutrition company, and was received by Lode Versele on behalf of the company. This recognised the work that this company has done to preserve different species of parrot in danger of extinction in various parts of the world.
This presentation was held in the presence of President of the Canary Islands, the President of the Loro Parque Group, the German entrepreneur Wolfgang Kiessling, Jesus Morales the councillor for Agriculture for Tenerife Government, Lope Afonso Hernandez, Mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, and Juan Manuel Santana, Deputy Minister of Relations with the Parliament of the Government of the Canary Islands.
Lode Versele, representing the Versele Laga Company, said that he recognised this award was very important for his company, as it recognises all the efforts they have made for the conservation of nature through the quality of its products. He also said that his family felt is was a great honour to receive this award, and that financial resources were key to being successful in protection nature. He also stressed the vision of Loro Parque on conserving various species and ecosystems, and that collaboration with Loro Parque was a very attractive proposition for his company.
The President of Loro Parque used this presentation to raise the issue of climatic changes of the planet and said that the Earth has been overexploited by humans, and talked about the melting of the polar regions, global warming and the extinction of some key species, such as bees.
Over the last 15 years, Loro Parque has used the Gorilla Award to recognise various personalities and organisations for their commitment to the conservation of the environment and dedication to responsible and sustainable tourism.
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