Obdulio Menghi, President of Fundación Biodiversidad Argentina (FBA), has praised the contribution of zoological collections to species conservation.
On a recent visit to the office of World Land Trust (WLT) he said: “I am convinced that zoos are fundamental to the conservation of many of our species all around the planet and any help that zoos are doing to collaborate with World Land Trust to save ecosystems is very welcome.”
He also expressed his gratitude to members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which is working in partnership with WLT and FBA to raise £15,000 in 2015 towards the purchase of El Pantanoso, a property in northern Argentina.
Obdulio has personal experience of working with zoos in Argentina and spoke warmly of his involvement with Buenos Aires Zoo, where he was involved with a captive breeding programme for the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus). Part of the success of the programme was due to a feeding system that involved glove puppets (Obdulio referred to them as ‘marionettes’) so that the chicks were raised without seeing people.
Obdulio visited WLT’s offices in Suffolk in March 2015.
In addition to BIAZA’s contribution, World Land Trust is raising funds to purchase this area through its Big Cat Appeal.
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