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Large Carnivores Course The special case of the Giant Panda

Management, maintenance and conservation

A course aimed at professionals and university students of biology, veterinary medicine, etc. ..... and all those interested in learning, from the best professionals, how is the management in controlled conditions of large carnivores (bears, wolves, mink, cats) and the special case of giant pandas. We will discuss their needs, reproduction, transport, captive breeding and reintroduction programs, veterinary medicine, conservation programs, etc.... 

The course will take place at Aula del Océano, in the Environmental Education Building of Madrid Zoo Aquarium.


18 and 19 February 2023.


Saturday from 9:00am to 6:30pm. (Approximate hours) Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. (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.

Program and speakers

Saturday February 18, 2023

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception of the participants. Accreditations. Inauguration of the course.
  • 9.15 – 11.00 a.m. Introduction: carnivorous order. Taxonomic classification and biological characteristics. Carnivores of the world . Agustin Lopez Goya. Director of Biology. Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid.
  • 11.00 - 11.30: Break.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Study and conservation of the Iberian lynx . German Garrote. Project Life Iberlince. Environment and Water Agency of the Junta de Andalucía.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Maintenance of large carnivores under controlled conditions. Nutrition. Maria Delclaux Real de Asúa. Conservative of Terrestrial Mammals. Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Lunch break.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Enrichment and training programs. Rebecca Ortega. Licensed in biology. Specialist caregiver in Panda Bears. Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Environmental enrichment program in different facilities (Practical Session I).
  • 5:30 p.m. end of day

Sunday February 19, 2023

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception of the participants.
  • 9.15 – 11.00 a.m. Environmental enrichment program in different facilities of the Zoo (Practical session II).
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The European mink, a challenge for conservation . Ex-situ conservation. The last hope for the European mink? Carmen Aranda. Veterinarian and Director of FIEB (Foundation for Research in Ethology and Biodiversity).
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Reproduction and breeding of the giant panda. Eva Martinez Nevado. Head of Veterinary Department. Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. lunch break.
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Strategy for the conservation of the brown bear in the Cantabrian mountain range. Rubén Moreno-Opo. Ministry for Ecological Transition.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Veterinary medicine in large carnivores. Juncal García. Veterinary Department. Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid. Parques Reunidos Group.
  • 6:00 p.m. Conclusions and Delivery of Diplomas.
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