Resounding success in 2015: 73 monk seal pups born in Mauritania
CBD Habitat, the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity and its Habitat, with which the Parques Reunidos Foundation has been collaborating for the last 5 years, has announced that 73 monk seal pups were born in 2015. This species is in danger of extinction and is one of the most threatened sea mammals on the Planet.
Thanks to the Mediterranean Monk Seal Conservation Programme, through the monitoring and tracking project of CBD Habitat Foundation at the reserve in Mauritania, with which the Parques Reunidos Foundation collaborates, the population of this marine mammal has risen at the close of 2015, with the excellent news that a record number of 73 Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) pups were born, allowing us to be hopeful about the future of this species classified as in danger, according to the IUCN Red List.
The collaboration of the Parques Reunidos Foundation in the Mediterranean Monk Seal Conservation Programme, which has been constant for the last five years with annual financing, has centred on the efforts of raising awareness and collecting funds destined to the recovery in situ of the only colony of this species on the whole planet.
By activities of interaction and awareness-raising with visitors of all ages at our marine and animal parks, such as Selwo Marina Delfinarium, the Zoo Aquarium in Madrid and Faunia, the Parques Reunidos Foundation has managed to collect over 100,000 euros in five years to cover the tasks of video surveillance, tracking equipment and vehicles at the reserve in Mauritania, realising one of the fundamental objectives for the species: to raise the population of the monk seal, one of the most threatened marine mammals of the Planet.
In the past, the monk seal was frequently sighted on the coasts of the Mediterranean, but the destruction of its natural habitat due to coastal development, pollution and poaching has brought the species to the edge of extinction.
The Monk Seal colony on the Cabo Blanco Peninsula (Morocco/Mauritania) is the only one remaining in the world, Because of this, the launch of its recovery process with around 500 individuals and nearly 50 new births each year, which in 2015 reached the record figure of 73 newborn young, invites us to be optimistic and heighten awareness through participation in financing projects which contribute to its protection and preservation.
Image courtesy of the CBD Habitat Foundation