We are thrilled to share wonderful news about construction of the first Red Siskin Conservation Center in Venezuela, based at Zoológico Leslie Pantin in Turmero (Aragua). Construction began in mid-July, led by Provita and Federico Pantin, who is not only supervising extensive facility renovations across the entire zoo, but is also the zoo’s head veterinarian.
The 200 m2 center will include space for birds, research, staff offices and supplies/maintenance. It will also have a large aviary and central courtyard, designed to allow plenty of sunlight and to simulate natural conditions, while ensuring security.
We couldn’t be happier with this major RSI milestone, which was made possible thanks to a grant from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a key ally of RSI, and the partnership with Zoológico Leslie Pantin. This grant was awarded jointly to the Department of Animal Programs at the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), and to Provita, a partnership that will ensure excellence in animal welfare and conservation science.