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Birds Course

Management, maintenance and conservation

This course is aimed at professionals and university students of biology, veterinary, environmental studies, etc... and all those interested in learning from the best professionals about the management of large mammals in controlled conditions (elephants, rhinos, hippos ...) We will discuss their needs, reproduction, transport, medical training, veterinary medicine, conservation programs, etc.  


April 22 and 23, 2023.


Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. (Approximate schedule). Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Approximate timetable).


Recommended for university students (Biology, Veterinary, Environmental studies, Psychology,...) and general public.


Course: 110 €.

Contact us for more information about our discount vouchers.

Cancellation of the reservation and, consequently, the refund of the payment, must be made at least one week in advance or, if applicable, duly justified.

Course program and speakers

Saturday April 22, 2023

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception of the participants. Accreditations. Inauguration of the course.
  • 9.15 – 10.45 a.m. Introduction: Birds: phylogeny and biology. Santiago Merino Rodriguez. Department of Evolutionary Ecology, National Museum of Natural Sciences, Higher Council for Scientific Research.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. Management and Maintenance of Birds of Prey. Antonio Garcia Culebras. Head of the Birds of Prey Section. Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Break.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Management and maintenance of penguins. Gabriel Yuste. Faunia.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m .: Lunch.
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Management and Maintenance of Exotic Birds. Eva Sela . Exotic Birds Section. Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid. Parques Reunidos Group.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Veterinary medicine in wild birds. Silvia Villaverde. Veterinary Manager Wild Animal Recovery Center of the CAM (Soto de Viñuelas).
  • 6:00 p.m. End of day.

Sunday April 23, 2023

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception of the participants.
  • 9.15 – 10.30 a.m. Conservation of threatened birds. Ruben Moreno-Opo. General Subdirectorate of Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity. General Directorate of Biodiversity, Forests and Desertification. Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Visit facilities and management of birds of prey and exotic.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Environmental enrichment with parrots. Sergio Pardo. Exotic Birds Section. Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch.
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Brinzal Center for the recovery of nocturnal birds of prey. Laura Lawrence.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Training (Practice).
  • 4:30 p.m. Delivery of diplomas.
  • 5:0 p.m. Educational activity "Flight of birds of prey and exotic".
  • 5:30 p.m. End of day.
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