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Since a few days ago, in the Aquarama lobby you can see a new aquarium with a replica of the Reef Park of the eastern coast of Barcelona. As in the sea, the structure will be gradually colonized by native species. For now, thanks to the collaboration of The Aquarium of Barcelona, they already live a bank of cardinalfish (Apogon imberbis) and some Mediterranean rainbow wrasses (Coris julis).
The Barcelona Reef Park was built in 2003, aiming to increase the biodiversity of our coast and to protect the area. It is located between the new port entry and the submerged breakwaters of Bac de Roda, where a total of 371 submerged structures have been installed.
These structures form artificial reefs and are placed on a sedimentary bottom in which there has never been rock bottoms. They are important to increase the complexity of this marine ecosystem and protect it. The project is based on the fact that every new substrate on the seabed is quickly colonized by diverse organisms and communities.
The Barcelona Zoo Foundation has been coordinating for some years the technical monitoring of the Reef Park project, with the goal of obtaining characteristic data on the state of the submerged structures, their colonization by living creatures, their eventual incidence on beaches and nearby coasts, and the evolution of fishing and marine communities. This project is monitored with the collaboration and advice of the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC).
The white-naped sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus Lunulatus) of the Zoo have a new facility! It is located next to the facility of orangutans and it is twice as large as the previous one. In this new 160 m2 area, the moat has been removed and the environment has been enriched with different structures, substrate and nets. Indoor areas have been extended up to 70m2, and they consist of 4 bedrooms with heating and a large lobby that can be seen by visitors, which enables to observe them even when there is bad weather and they decide to shelter from the cold. These facility makes management easier to integrate a new individual into the group.
These primates are named after their grey fur, which is darker on the back and whiter on the underpart. Of diurnal habits, they live in the rainforests of Ghana, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. This species is endangered and, due to poaching and the exploitation of its natural habitat, the distribution of its population is very fragmented and not abundant, in any of the areas where it still can be found. It was considered one of the 25 most endangered species of primates at the end of the 20th century and its wild population has been reduced by 50% during the last 30 years, due to deforestation for exotic wood market and fires to create crop areas, in addition to poaching, for the consumption of their meat.
The group of white-naped mangabeys in the Zoo of Barcelona consists of the male Racky, born in the Zoo of Accra in 2004 and transferred to Barcelona in 2014, who adapted very well to its new home, where he lives with two adult females, Kasi, born in Barcelona in 1997 and Monika, also born in Barcelona in 2009. Both gave birth a few months ago. In addition to these 3 adults, there is a young female, Kara, born in 2011, who had her first infant last year, and Phoebe and Nika, born in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The offspring born in 2016 are Ragnar, Eku and Priscilla.
The population of sooty Mangabeys is monitored in zoos of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) since 1994. In 2001, a European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) was created for this species, which is coordinated from the Zoo of Barcelona, and is aimed to promote its ex situ breeding and to reduce the rate of inbreeding, which was quite high.
One of the pioneering initiatives within this program was to incorporate the Zoo of Accra (Ghana), located in the original geographic area of the species. This was possible thanks to the management and supervision of the Coordinator of WAPCA (West African Primates Conservation Action), a NGO made of some European zoos, including the Zoo of Barcelona, aimed to promote the in situ conservation of primate species in West Africa.
While initially the focus was set on the strengthening the population groups of Mangabeys in Accra, later this cooperation has also allowed for some specimens born in this city to be transferred to European zoos (such is the case of our male, Racky), thus improving the genetic variability of the ex situ population. The next goal of the program is to establish a group of mangabeys in the Zoo of Kumasi (Ghana), in a semi-liberty facility, to be able to observe their adaptation to a more natural territory. This is a pilot test that can help guide a possible reintroduction program of animals to natural parks, if the necessary conditions were met.
The Zoo of Barcelona provides technical and financial support to the conservation of this species in Ghana and every year funds the travel and stay in Accra of a researcher and some students of the University of Barcelona, under the direction of Dr. Montserrat Colell, who carry out several studies and tasks. This monitoring in the area is very important to help the Zoo of Accra improve its primate management techniques and enable a proper management of the mangabey populations.
The Zoo will continue to contribute to the conservation of white-naped Mangabe and raising awareness among visitors about the difficult situation of this and other species in the wild.
The Barcelona Zoo Foundation has opened the application process for the 2017 grants for research and conservation projects. These grants are meant to support those projects that share the Zoo’s values of conservation, education and awareness towards biodiversity. This year’s grants are:
- 13th Edition of the Floquet de Neu Grant, for research projects on primates, focusing on any of these disciplines: conservation, ecology, genetics, ethology, cognitive abilities, reproduction, communication, animal well-being, etc. both in captivity and in the wild.
- 9th Edition of the Grants of the Research and Conservation Programme of the Barcelona Zoo Foundation, for specific projects proposed by external researchers, in accordance with the general goals of the Programme.
- 5th Edition of the Antoni Jonch Grant, for projects focused on the research on the native fauna of Catalonia and its conservation
- 125th Anniversary Special Award to the best research and conservation project of the Barcelona Zoo Foundation of the last five years.
Since 2009, the Zoo has granted a total of 742,844€ in scholarships, which, along with our research and conservation programs, constitute a proof of our commitment to the protection of endangered fauna.
The deadline for the submission of applications and projects for all the calls of 2017 is May 3, 2017 at 02:00 pm. You can learn more about the guidelines of the calls by clicking on the links or on the website www.fundaciobarcelonazoo.cat.
The Conservation project of the Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi), coordinated by the Provincial Government of Barcelona, with the support of the Zoo, the Regional Government of Catalonia, the Provincial Government of Girona and Forestal Catalana, has been selected as LIFE Project by the European Union. The LIFE Programme is the financial instrument of the European Union that is focused on the environment. This project will enable to improve, during the next years, the conservation situation of this critically endangered species and its riverside habitat.
Some of the following actions, among others, will be aimed on reducing the currently identified threats for the Montseny brook newt: to improve the condition of water in the streams of the Montseny Natural Park; to expand its distribution area by reintroducing of specimens bred in captivity; to preserve the genetic variability of the species and to raise awareness on the importance of the species.
This project offers the Zoo an important economic fund of more than 400,000 euros, from European funds, which will be assigned to improve the breeding facilities of this species and to create an educational room, aimed to raise awareness on the importance of brook newts and the fauna in Montseny’s mountain streams.
The implementation of this programme represents a boost to the work started 4 years ago, with the newt’s breeding facility, which has proven to be so positive for the conservation of this native species.
Status of the species
On 2005 a new amphibian species was discovered in the Montseny mountains, the Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi), which is endemic to the Park, as well as the most endangered amphibian of western Europe. A conservation programme was started at once by the Provincial Government of Barcelona and the Regional Government of Catalonia, to contribute to the survival of the species. On 2007 a test programme on reproduction in captivity was started in the Wild Fauna Recovery Centre of Torreferrusa, which the Zoo of Barcelona joined four years ago, to attempt to improve the future status and conditions of the species in case of a critical situation.
During the last years, the population of endemic newts has decreased 15% and the species is currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN’s red list. The species is also protected by both Spanish and Catalan laws. The survival of this species is closely linked to the preservation of aquatic environments, but also to the vast forests surrounding them.
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