Great success at Fuerteventura Oasis Park due to the reproduction of the Scimitar Oryx!

Thursday, 29 May, 2014

At Fuerteventura Oasis Park we celebrate the birth of three antelopes Scimitar Oryx (Oryx dammah), 2 males and 1 female.  The species was declared as extinct in the wild life since 2007 by the International Union of Nature Conservation.

The veterinary department from Fuerteventura Oasis Park reported that this event is almost impossible to see, even in the African savannah.
Both Male animals are natural descendants of a couple coming in 2009 to Fuerteventura. They came with a group of 4 and now they have become a family of 16 members and still growing. We expect 4 more Scimitar Oryx this spring. We have great news for the world of nature conservation.

The reproduction of this species in captivity so successfully demonstrates that Oasis Park is  best placed to carry out conservation programs as important as this one. This antelope is large, sturdy frame, thick neck and has a small mane extending from the head to the shoulders. Takes its common name from the long ringed horns up to 1.5 meters in length, which curve backwards like a scimitar.

His fur, mainly white, takes on reddish legs and neck. Its length is between 1.90 and 2.20 meters, a height at the withers of 45-60 centimeters and a weight of between 135 and 140 kilos. Before their extinction in the wild, they used to live in the semi-desert areas surrounding the Sahara, from Morocco to Egypt and Sudan. 

In 1985 it was estimated that there were only about 500 Scimitar Oryx in Chad and Niger. In 1988 there were a few dozen  and since then there have been not reports that confirm this species lives in the wild.

However, this will not be until 2014 that you can specify whether the Scimitar Oryx can go from being an extinct animal in the wild to endangered species.
At Fuerteventura Oasis Park we celebrate the second breeding ring-tailed lemur so far this year. The newborn was received by the members that make up the family of ring-tailed lemurs. They are an endargered species.