Guinate Park’s situation


About 15 days ago Sara found out that there are still animals living in this park which already closed at the beginning of the year. Until that moment when it was exposed on the social networks and the media, we believed, like most people in Lanzarote, that the animals had been relocated.

As soon as we learnt that there were still animals there and the alarm was raised via several interviews of the public complaint by infozoos, we strongly requested to the Haría Townhall to organise a visit to Guinate Park with the suitable human resources.

So on the 27th of July the political representatives of this Townhall: Marci Acuña (Haría’s Mayor) with Yessica Mesa (Council for the Responsible Ownership of Animals) alongside Seprona and a vet went to the park with the owner and responsible of the park. The visit had a positive outcome after meeting the animals and their careers and checking that everything was ok in relation to them.

In the meantime from Sara we keep, internally, investigating and talking with different exotic animals professionals. We only deal with rescuing pets so the needs of other types of animals surpass us, but we couldn’t just sit back and watch so we looked for an expert on the subject to advise us regarding these animals. Even if the official visit was reassuring, a few hours later some photos arrived to Sara anonymously of some of the animals that are still in the park.

These images haven’t been published until now:

As you can appreciate, even without being an expert just by seeing the dirt in the water and the ground on the penguins’ photo or the bird’s plumage it makes us suspect that those animals are not as well cared for as the latest media reports.

We showed these images to a person with more than 30 years’ experience on zoos and an expert on penguins, this person explains:

“Penguins cannot be in cages because that causes them a lot of stress, also the high walls and the wet concrete floor it’s putting them at a high risk of contracting several bacterial infections due to the poor air circulation and the humidity of the concrete floor, many of these infections don’t have a cure.

Stress is a big problem for enclosed penguins in zoos that can lead to the known “Avian Malaria”, an illness responsible for many deaths of penguins in zoos.”

From Sara, as soon as we have been aware of this situation, we have been trying to contact the park’s owner to ask him to allow us an officially visit of our team, inviting the expert of the subject to verify the situation with our own human resources. We didn’t manage to reach him so we requested the help of the political team of the Haría Townhall, who has always been very open and willing to help in any matter that we have ever asked them about. It’s thanks to them that we will be visiting the park next week (the owner is not in the island until then).

We have also been told on his behalf that the documents for the transfer of the animals is almost finalised and therefore they will be transferred to their new homes very soon, if this is not the case, our visit will be allowed to be able to help or advise on whatever is needed so these animals are in good shape until their transfer to other parks.

Sara’s intention is not to revive the social alarm regarding this park, we simply want to communicate our point of view in relation to this situation and inform of what we are aware of and we hope that for the well-being of these animals, it will be sorted very soon.