Javier Almunia is director of Loro Parque Fundación, an NGO that funds and implements wildlife conservation projects in over 40 countries around the world. The mission of Loro Parque Fundación is to conserve wild species and their habitats, through education, applied research, responsible breeding programs, and community-based conservation activities that use parrots and cetaceans as ambassadors for nature. He has been formerly responsible for the environmental education and marine conservation and research projects.
He holds a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Institute of Ecological Research. During his career he has built an extensive knowledge in endangered wildlife conservation projects, and has carried out field research in the Atlantic, Indian, and Antarctic oceans. He has published 17 scientific articles and over a dozen of conference papers on marine ecology, cetacean ecotoxicology, bioacoustics, ethology, etc.
He is also President Elect of the European Association for Aquatic Mammals (EAAM) and Vice-president of the Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The EAAM is the leading organization of its kind in Europe, dedicated to the welfare and conservation of marine mammals, whether cared for by professionals in EAAM parks or living in the wild. The EAAM’s membership includes veterinarians, biologists, zoo and marine park directors and managers, trainers and caretakers, researchers, students and other persons who devote a significant amount of their time to the in situ and ex situ welfare and conservation of marine mammals through research, medical care, training, education, conservation, management and related activities.
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