The Selwo Aventura Leisure Park, in Estepona, has received, under the European Endangered Species Program (EEP), a male red panda (ailurus fulgens) who comes to live with the female panda who lives in the facilities in Malaga.
In the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the reference indicator for animal conservation, the red panda is in danger of extinction.
This carnivorous mammal adds to the recent arrival of a breeding pair of gray otters (Aonyx cinereus) and the birth of four chicks of Ceram cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius).
Eloy Serrano, curator of Selwo Aventura, explained that “this birth has been received with great enthusiasm in their program (EEP), because it is a complicated species to reproduce”. In the case of the otter, it is a species in a situation of vulnerability.
Good news also regarding breeding in Selwo Marina, Benalmádena, where there are currently three macaroni penguin eggs (Eudyptes chrysolophus); in addition to a couple who had their offspring in 2019, inside the park.
In a vulnerable situation, this species of penguin has seen its existence altered by the modification of its habitat. De Selwo pointed out that the habitat of a species is the environment defined by specific abiotic and biotic factors where the species lives in one of the phases of its biological cycle.
As for the flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), in 2021, four births were counted, which adds to the total of 33 births recorded from 2017 to date.
Precisely, Selwo Aventura, Selwo Marina and the Benalmádena Cable Car celebrated World Environment Day on Saturday, with a focus on species conservation.