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This week the 6th International Congresss of Zookeepers (ICZ) was held at Temaikèn Biopark, in the province of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Every year, keepers and other professionals working in animal conservation meet to share their knowledge and experiences. This time there were 155 participants from 29 countries who came together with the aim of contributing to obtaining the highest standards in professional care for animals via networking. As part of the Iberian Association of Wild Animal Caretakers (AICAS), the Barcelona Zoo was represented at the congress by zookeeper Raúl Cabrera and educators Aurora Pazos and Gemma Morató.
The motto chosen for 2018 was ‘Thinking today. Keeping tomorrow’, with an emphasis placed on the need for good professional preparation to confront the challenges posed in the profession in an increasingly demanding environment due to wild animals’ tough situation and a society that is increasingly more aware of the living conditions of the animals.
Our colleagues told us how during these four intense working days, they dealt with different topics, such as environmental enrichment, veterinary medicine, breeding and food, among other issues related to the zookeepers’ daily work. They also had the chance to attend extremely practical workshops on specific matters, such as the insertion and repair of feathers for rescued birds and birds at zoos, and the correct maintenance of birds’ beaks.
For this year’s edition of the congress—bilingual in Spanish and English—the AICAS took charge of having all necessary materials translated into Spanish. Moreover, and thanks to the Barcelona Zoo’s contributions to the association, AICAS could award a grant to the animal caretaker at the Havana Zoo (Cuba) Alexander Arango Leyva to attend the meeting, with the aim that the knowledge acquired in new handling and care techniques could reach more zoological centres and hence lead to animals’ greater wellbeing.
This Saturday, 6 October, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm, the Fundació Ramon Martí i Bonet against blindness, is organising its fifth family charity day at the Barcelona Zoo.
The reason for organising this day is to raise public awareness on the importance of receiving ophthalmological assistance to ensure their good visual health, and also to raise funds for the project ‘Sight for Everybody in Catalonia’, whose purpose is to promote and provide visual health to people who are under the threshold of social and financial wellbeing.
Eye disease or poor eyesight that is not detected in time can have extremely negative consequences for children, like school failure that could have been avoided, and the consequent difficulty in accessing higher studies or occupational training that could match each of their skills and limitations.
To participate in this charity day, just buy your ticket at Zoo ticket offices at half price for adults and free for children under 12 if you buy some charity eyeglasses or a charity children’s story for €5.*
We’ll be waiting for you at the Zoo, with so many things to experience and see!
Besides this project in Catalonia, the Ramon Martí i Bonet Foundation has developed projects in other places around the world, which you can also help with.
* Up to 2.000 charity tickets.
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Did you know that the tiger mosquito starts to appear in the spring and can remain active until the end of November? In the city of Barcelona, this invasive insect arrived more than 10 years ago and, since then, it has not been an easy task to control its populations. The Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB in Catalan) has identified 60 risk areas throughout the city in which water tends to accrue, making them sites where the tiger mosquito breeds.
The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is an invasive insect and carrier of diseases like dengue fever, Zika and Chikungunya, and they also have a very short lifecycle. They tend to breed in urban locations where there is standing water that are normally hidden. Thus, one aim of the Mosquito Alert citizen science project is to involve residents in fighting the tiger mosquito, joining forces with scientists and public health managers to learn more about this species and prevent them from proliferating.
Participate with the Mosquito Alert app and make a contribution to science:
- Download the Mosquito Alert app: you can find it on Google Play and App Store.
- Trap the mosquito and identify it: if you see a mosquito and suspect it is a tiger, look closely at its appearance. If it is black, with white stripes on its body and legs and a single stripe on its head, it is indeed a tiger mosquito.
- Take a photo of it and send it via the app: try to ensure that the entire body is visible, especially the stripe on the head. The expert team will identify the mosquito type in the photo and will send you a message notifying you of the type or if they need more information.
- Look at the map: the Mosquito Alert observation map details all alerts made by residents with the app.
All photos submitted are published on the Mosquito Alert observation map. This interactive map contains all observation points since 2014 until today, and it is possible to use a time filter and search by municipalities. The map also shows breeding sites, which people can also send in via the app. Thanks to this collaborative map, professionals and scientists can use the data to improve strategies to control the tiger mosquito.
The Mosquito Alert citizen science project is coordinated by the CREAF, CEAB-CSIC and ICREA research centres, with the support of “la Caixa” social works and co-funding from Dipsalut (public health institute of the Girona Provincial Council). The Zoo collaborates on this project with an information campaign in the framework of the PICAT project (Integral Platform for the Control of Arboviruses in Catalonia), project SLT002/16/00466, financed by the Catalan Autonomous Government – Department of Health and led by the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute.
Download the Mosquito Alert information brochure.
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Encantador per visitar amb la familia. Hi ha gran quantitat d'animals i es fantàstic
Encantador per visitar amb la familia. Hi ha una gran quantitat d'animals i es fantàstic