The Parques Reunidos Foundation works in collaboration with Fundación CBD-Hábitat to monitor the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) colonies in the Cabo Blanco peninsula, in Mauritania. Along with this collaboration, the Parques Reunidos Foundation creates awareness about this species among the visitors to the Parques Reunidos zoos and aquariums.
The Monk Seal Conservation Program has been active for 20 years. Through hard work improving protective measures, it has been possible to track the seal population and to undertake many social and educational activities. These actions have enabled an increase in population numbers from 100 to 350 individuals, and the number of pups born each year has tripled. Despite these positive news, there is still much work to do to secure their future.
The collaboration with CBD-Hábitat is the Foundation’s oldest and most consolidated program. Through it, we have contributed to a significant increase in Monk seal population. In 2020, CBD-Hábitat launched conservation efforts in the island of Madeira, where their team have identified several habitats where monk seals could be reintroduced. In addition to the financial support, the veterinarians and biologists from the Parques Reunidos Foundation participates as active members of the program with technical expertise in handling and veterinary assistance.