The exceptional environmental crisis that our planet is unfortunately suffering is being hard in terms of the constant loss of biodiversity.
To redirect the situation urgently requires many changes in our society, at all levels, to achieve this. But in terms of fauna there are critically endangered species that need urgent action to prevent their extinction.
And it is in this context that in some cases the work carried out in zoological parks that made possible to avoid the total disappearance to nature of some species of birds. Consequently, surely the main mission of today’s Zoos is the conservation of species and their habitats.
This has been the case of the largest vulture in the world, the California condor, some endemic species of oceanic islands, such as the kestrel of the island of Mauritius, and also that of a much closer case, that of the lesser grey shrike, a laniidae’s species that has in Catalonia the limit of its western distribution and that just before disappearing has recovered its last reproductive nucleus, in the Lleida plain, from the liberation of individuals born in captivity.
In this exhibition will show the magnificent illustrations that Àlex Mascarell has made of a twenty species whose common denominator is having prevented their extinction through specimens from captive reproductive groups managed by zoos around the world.