Thursday, 19 August 2021 14:12

Martín Zordan, CEO of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, visits Poema del Mar

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Poema del Mar welcomed this week Martín Zordan, CEO of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), of which the Aquarium has been a member since May this year.

The director of WAZA enjoyed the aquatic world in all its glory, now that Poema del Mar is open every day of the year again, after the great welcome received from visitors since its reopening a few months ago.

During his visit, he highlighted the great work at protecting and conserving species that the Aquarium has been carrying out since it first opened back in 2017, as well as its conception of animal welfare as a top priority. "This visit exceeded my expectations, it was very inspiring to see the dedication of the team!", he said.

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Poema del Mar as never seen before

From the beginning of 2020, despite the closure and in the midst of the pandemic, the Aquarium has continued to receive good news and the team has experienced unforgettable moments. A good example is that, during this time, Poema del Mar became the first aquarium in Europe to succeed in reproducing the common sea dragon, an enormously sensitive and vulnerable species, which is also very difficult to breed under human care. In its facilities there have also been born specimens of seahorses, dogfish, stingrays and bamboo sharks and other species.

In addition, there is now a new video guide available, a system that does not only allow visitors to enjoy a personalised guided tour, but also contains information on the more than 450 species that live in the aquarium in video format, exponentially enhancing the visitor's experience.

About WAZA

WAZA is the global alliance of regional and national associations, zoos and aquariums dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats worldwide. With more than

400 members, WAZA promotes cooperation among them, as well as with leading wildlife experts, academies and universities. In addition, it supports species conservation management and humane animal husbandry, while promoting the highest standards of welfare and quality in member institutions.