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History of Bioparque la Reserva

 

Bioparque La Reserva was born, like many dreams, in the head of two environmental education entrepreneurs that were worried for the conservation and coexistence between humans and the rest of the living world.

In 2005, when the project jumped from a piece of paper to reality and the talk about Bioparque began, the challenge was enormous, because the terrain where the construction was meant for was far from the idea where a reserve for biodiversity could be made and would teach about environmental education. The difference was so big that many believed that the development of Bioparque was impossible. That same year, the challenge grew even more when a terrible fire devastated the terrain but not the project.

With the help of volunteers and students with big hearts, who were convinced with the social and environmental impact that would be produced by Bioparque, it was finally possible to create a transformation of the terrain originally used for pig breeding, into a tropical rainforest.

In 2008, when the Austrian zoo expert, MónicaFiby, took interest in the project, and came to Colombia to exclusively donate one month worth of work to the Bioparque, the place started to shape into its actual form.

One of the following projects after this was to construct an aviary to accommodate a majestic harpy eagle that was rescued from an illegal trafficking of the species. The challenge was to recreate its habitat to offer the animal a great quality of life in captivity due to the fact that it was impossible to return her to the natural habitat. This immersion aviary was never done before.

Months later, when Bioparque turned into a live setting for learning, visitors started to arrive with the purpose of learning about our environment. Children were the ones in charge of  inaugurating the place. They started the incipient experience that was the Bioparque in that moment. After this, it was possible to start workshops for adults and students, even authorities, with the capacitation of 200 members of the environmental and ecological police.

Nowadays, Bioparque La Reserva features a thematic auditory for the environmental educations, wetlands of the Savannah, a terrarium, vermiculture, representations of ecosystems like the tropical dry forest, tropical rainforest, high Andean forest, wetlands from the Savannah of Bogotá, carnivore plants and the habitat of the harpy eagle.

In the last years, the Bioparque has turned into a revolutionary starting point for the education, conservation and animal wellbeing. It has also become a support for the investigation of Colombian wildlife species and an ethic and technic model for the exhibition of wildlife fauna. In 2011, it became a foundation with three great pillars: conservation, sustainable use and animal wellbeing. In little time, it was possible to achieve an ISO 9001 certificate, a complex process that turned the Bioparque into one of the few wildlife fauna  organizations in Latin America to have this certificate.

The level of knowledge developed in the Bioparque is very high just like the level of its lecturers, to the point where it was in charge of organizing jointly with the ¨Asociación Colombia de Parques, Zoológicos y Acuarios¨, the second International Congress of Environmental Interpretation and the Tenth first National Encounter of Education and Environmental Interpretation in 2014.

Now the Bioparque is also bringing the environmental education to schools. It involves different projects of social responsibility like the ecological restoration of the Majuy Hill and it also has the support of donors such as Nestlé, Clariant, the ¨agenciaSuizapara el Desarrollo y la Cooperación en Colombia¨, amongst others.

In this moment, Bioparque is working hard on the conservation of the Mountain Coati and a pechiparda parrot, a unique species in our moors; it will continue to create spaces for the environmental education and it will keep working on the ecological restoration of the mountain where it is located to bring back the Andean forest. This project has brought the attention of international governments such as Switzerland´s.

 

Green Architecture

Our commitment with the environment

Every part of Bioparque La Reserva was designed under the concept of a green architecture, with the purpose of minimizing the environmental impact of its construction and operation. It was built using facilities already present in the location, avoiding soil erosion and the production of dust. Most of the materials used were recycled and obtained from neardby surroundings.

The design promotes open spaces instead of large covered areas.

 

In Bioparque La Reserva:

  •          The wood that is used comes from invasive species
  •          The parking lot and pathways are made only of materials that drain
  •          Natural ventilation and light is used
  •          Low usage of electric currents
  •          Technical management of residues, wastes and emissions
  •          Rain water is mainly used
  •          Rainwater is picked up from ceilings and other areas to be filtered by wetlands and used in different places, including the watering of the exhibitions
  •          Implementation of diverse sources of alternative energy is being investigated
  •          Work with ecological restoration is being done with native species
  •          There is public transport to the entrance
  •          The use of bicycles is promoted

 

Origin of Animals

What is the origin of the animals from Bioparque? A home for animals rescued from illegal trafficking of species.

No animal in Bioparque La Reserva has been extracted from its natural habitat to become part of the exhibitions. Some were born in captivity and most were rescued from illegal trafficking of wildlife fauna. They have been in long and complex processes of physical rehabilitation and behavior, and now they have the opportunity to live a life close to the natural one while helping with the education of the public. These animals cannot be returned to their natural populations, due to the fact that they have lost their ability to survive in them, this is caused by the change in their behavior, their eating habits, or the deterioration of their physical conditions.

Bioparque La Reserva only receives animals from authorities and institutions that confiscate species trafficked in markets, roads, buses, airports and others places, and also those that are illegally retained as pets. In the facilities, Bioparque offers environmental conditions based on the science of animal wellbeing so they will have a good quality of life in captivity, this is achieved through the representations of ecosystems: Spaces inside Bioparque that are adequate to recreate the climatic conditions, vegetation and feeding in the native ecosystems, as well as the relationships between animals, plants, inert elements and humans. These ecosystem representations are accessible through the guided tours and are based on the behavior of the species that inhabit them; in them it is possible to appreciate biological and ecological interactions like metamorphosis, predation, symbiosis, parasitism, etc.

   

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