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PODCAST: Barcelona Zoo – research or recreation, conservation or captivity?

Protecting biodiversity top priority but campaigners say agreed changes are being delayed


20 November 2021 10:43 AM


ACN | Barcelona

Founded in 1892, Barcelona Zoo is part of the fabric of the city. But what should its role be in the 21st century? Press play below to listen or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.

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The zoo's director, Antoni Alarcón, and zookeeper Núria Moreno Gutiérrez, argue that zoos are essential for protecting biodiversity, but animal rights activist Rosi Carro of the ZooXXI group says that more action on agreed changes are urgently needed. Norbert Bilbeny, ethics professor at the University of Barcelona gives his view of how the relationship between humans and animals should be. Cristina Tomàs White and Gerard Escaich Folch join Lorcan Doherty to discuss the past, present and future of the zoo. 

This week's Catalan phrase is 'a pas de tortuga', literally 'at a turtle's pace', it's used to describe something that moves very slowly!  

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  • A baby spider monkey with its mother Emi at Barcelona Zoo (Barcelona City Council)

  • A baby spider monkey with its mother Emi at Barcelona Zoo (Barcelona City Council)