TODAY we are sending out an SOS concerning the Exotic Animals Recovery Centre and Zoo in Castellar de la Frontera.

This zoo is located just 70 km west of Marbella. The lockdown because of Covid-19 which has kept all potential visitors away has really hurt the zoo financially.

This zoo was set up as a Rescue Centre by private initiative to provide shelter and survival for exotic animals confiscated by the authorities because of irregularities in their import licenses. These animals are the direct and innocent victims of a black market, which unfortunately is a flourishing business.

During the lockdown we have all shown our support for those who need our help. Let’s lend a hand to this zoo in Castellar de la Frontera, and help out with some money, no matter how little, until it can be reopened for visitors.

Here is the Centre’s link:

www.zoodecastellar.es > https://zoodecastellar.es/donaciones

The animals will appreciate any help you can give. It will guarantee their survival.
Many thanks

OPEN LETTER

To everyone who, day by day, watches over our health, often putting their own on the line:

Many thanks

2020 has proven to us that superheroes do not always wear capes. They are ordinary people with ordinary jobs, people like you and me, but who in emergencies change utterly, leaving aside their own fears and needs.

From ProDunas we want to thank you for all the work you are doing to take care of us in the most generous and closest of ways. Your essential professionalism shows in the personal support you give to those affected by this disease and those in lockdown. This situation should teach us all to appreciate what we have.

ProDunas wants to send everyone who is affected by the virus a very warm message of encouragement. You are very courageous and strong. It won’t be long until all this is a thing of the past and it will be nothing more than a science fiction story we can tell our grandchildren. We will get through this together. You are not alone; we think of you all the time and we support you in your fight even if it has to be from a distance. We can best help you by staying at home. That way you will get better and faster.

And for everyone in lockdown, we want to cheer you up and try to brighten your days. We can’t go to see you but we have thought of different things the whole family can do together. You can find these suggestions on our website.

The thousands of doctors, health care personnel, volunteers, as well as the UME and the Security Forces are right now in the front line, but when the worst has passed and the lockdown is over, we ordinary people will be the reinforcements that will, little by little, get the country back to normal. It is up to us to stay in shape (mentally, psychologically and physically) so that we can live up to the standard these superheroes have shown us.

Keep smiling! Remember – we’re all in this together.

With our appreciation and gratitude,
The ProDunas team

AT HOME WITH YOU - WEEK 7

WE ARE CLOSE TO YOU

ProDunas wants to feel useful these days, so we has set out to design a page on our website with suggestions to liven up the day to day grind during these weeks of lockdown.

We will publish suggestions for people of all ages: reading material, films and drawings, so that the especially the smallest ones in the house can, for example, spend some time colouring in the drawings. We are thinking of all the children who are stuck at home. This way they can learn something about the Marbella dunes.

If you would like to take part, please colour the drawings in this page and send them back by email to: asociacion@produnas.org. Please indicate the name and age of the child, and the school s/he goes to. When our lives get back to normal, we will publish the drawings on this same page – we will consult with the Teachers and put together an evaluation Jury with those who would like to help. We look forward to receiving your drawings and we hope you like this idea.

NOTE
If there is another category you would like us to include, please send us an email with your suggestion: asociacion@produnas.org  – we will try to include it the following weeks.

Pictures to colour

 

Series on nature

 

Our Planet (2019) Sir David ATTENBOROUGH (dubbed into Spanish by Penelope CRUZ)

Share the splendours of this extraordinary place we call home! In this series, our planet has been photographed with the latest in ultra-high definition technology in more than 50 countries. From the most exotic jungles to the deepest oceans, admire everything we have in common. Enjoy these programs with Sir David Attenborough as narrator in the original (English) version and Penelope Cruz in the dubbed (Spanish) version.

The Light of the Stories

Photographers and filmmakers travel the world capturing indelible images of people, places, creatures and cultures from new and unprecedented angles of our planet.

BLUE PLANET

Blue Planet, made by the BBC, is the first comprehensive documentary series on life in the world’s oceans. It took five years to film and had a budget of $10 million to produce this series, which is a milestone in exploring the ocean, a world less known than the moon. The amazing images in this marine documentary series show the most surprising and captivating facets of the sea. You can immerse yourself in a world of breath taking beauty and discover new species, visit habitats never seen before and witness stories of survival never before captured on camera.

Books

Revenge of Gaia by James LOVELOCK

This is the work of the scientist who came up with the Gaia theory, which says that the Earth is taking its revenge for its continuous mistreatment by man.

The current consumption model that does not take the environment into account is analysed. It also discusses what will happen to the human race if this behaviour does not change.

Lovelock confirms that climate change is inevitable but he is optimistic and proposes a series of guidelines so that the human race can be saved.

Climate change. A reality by Isabel Ripa, 2011

The WWF Spain, working with Isabel Ripa has developed this project to bring the problems affecting the earth closer to the population. These are the melting ice cap, global warming and the greenhouse effect.

It is written in simple language and is easy to understand. It describes what is happening and how we have got into this current situation, all written in a way we can easily enjoy.

It also suggests a series of actions that we should undertake to stop climate change and its dire consequences.

The Sixth Extinction – An Unnatural History by Elisabeth  Kolbert

Among the books on the environment, this is a criticism of the current model of human life and puts forward the theory that should this continue, it will be the cause of the extinction of numerous animal species.

According to Kolbert, “An estimated one-third of all reef-building corals, one-third of all freshwater molluscs, one-third of sharks and rays, one-quarter of all mammals, one-fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds are disappearing.”

Benefits of walking for an hour a day

Strengthens the heart. Brisk walking for half an hour reduces blood pressure and reduces the risk of having a heart attack by 27%.

Controls weight. Calories are consumed and changes occur at the metabolic level. The effect is proportional to speed.

Conserves memory. It prevents degeneration of the hippocampus, the brain area related to memory and learning. Reduces the risk of neurological diseases by up to 40%.

Stronger bones. They are strengthened (the minerals that compose them are fixed) with each step you take. Joints also benefit.

Tones the muscles. The legs are turned and the glutes, back muscles, abdomen and arms are strengthened. It is a complete exercise.

Improves mood. Endorphins are secreted that produce euphoria. The more intense the exercise, the more powerful the effect.

Reduces sugar. A short walk after each meal reduces the risk of diabetes.

Boosts immunity. Exercising in the autumn and winter protects you against colds and flu.

Promotes sleep. Especially if you run every day outdoors first thing in the morning.

And it lengthens life! A daily walk lengthens your life by an average of seven years, according to the University of Saarland (Germany).

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The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.