Tuesday, 3 February, 2015
The African spurred tortoise is part of the zoological collection of Oasis Park Fuerteventura since the year 2000: It is a terrestrial species that is located in Ethiopia, Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. Live in the savannahs, forests of acacia, and in arid and dry areas.
Together with the giant tortoises of the Galapagos and the Seychelles, is one of the biggest in the world, as it has a carapace measuring up to 85 cm long and a male can weigh up to 100 kg.
The African spurred tortoise populations are threatened by habitat destruction, by desertification, and by the expansion of agriculture and livestock. It is also a species, a victim of the hunt, as it is used as food, in many African peoples, like difficulty added, there is currently an increase of illegal trafficking of this species for their beauty.
Currently it has been extinguished most of its former range and only small isolated populations survive in national parks and wildlife reserves. Present day in Senegal there is a Captive Breeding Centre which carries out a important program for reintroduction. Is legally protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Annex II Appendix B, of which Spain is an active member.
In Spain, can be seen in the section of the savannah of zoo Oasis Park in Fuerteventura, where since March 2005 we had every two years numerous births between 50 and 60 eggs for each of the egg laying in the nests.
The eggs are always kept at an average temperature of 28 ° C and after 106 days of incubation, hatching of the eggs begins, now we have five family groups distributed in different facilities, the purpose of Oasis Park Fuerteventura is to increase the population of helping this species preservation and study to be able to introduce them one day in their original habitat.