Tuesday, 4 August, 2015
On Thursday 30, Bakary, a female giraffe born five years ago in Oasis Park, gave birth for her first time. The mother has rejected the baby, a behavior that can occur in new mothers and their caregivers are trying to feed the baby by hand.
Oasis Park Fuerteventura is home to the largest group of giraffes in Spain, with 15 individuals. The male giraffe Cofete, our breeding animal, with its nearly 6 meters high dominates the African savannah in Oasis Park. The last "big news" arrived last July 30, when Bakary, our 5 years old young female, gave birth to a female but rejected her, a behavior that occasionally happens in new mothers. The technical team of Oasis Park Fuerteventura was already prepared for this eventuality, because the same situation occurred with Emolo, when she gave birth to the third giraffe born in the park.
From the first moment Oasis Park Fuerteventura vets have activated a special operation in order to save the small giraffe. Very calm and thanks to the experience gained, 6 large bottles a day are prepared to feed the baby by hand. This type of nutrition is very complicated because the baby initially rejected the baby bottle, forcing a colossal struggle for life by her caregivers. These first days are crucial and, although she has begun to ingest sustenance, her prognosis is guarded. The new baby giraffe born two days before the big christening ceremony held at the zoo in order to naming the last two giraffes born last month, can be seen in her facility with the other adult giraffes.
These births are the result of the excellent work fot conservation we carry out in our park. The secret lies in food and the good climate that this species is fully adapted.