Tuesday, 25 August, 2015
Since this summer in the area of the African savannah was born an initiative that aims to show society the danger threatening this species, the largest animal in the world, the African elephant.
In just 10 years the elephant population has decreased by 62%. If this trend doesn't change, they could be extinct by the end of the next decade. Increasingly the world is losing more elephants of the existing population can play, representing a high risk for the future of this majestic animal.
The numbers are alarming, because approximately 100 African elephants are killed every day by hunters in search of ivory, meat and body parts sold in the area of illegal trade. It's estimated that the population of the African species is 400,000 and 40,000 Asian and their survival depends, largely, they dramatically reduce the demand for ivory.
Elephants are smart, sensitive, empathetic and social animals and also maintain the ecosystem on which their depend for theirexistence and countless species of plants and animals. Oasis Park Fuerteventura wanted to draw attention to the need to understand the planet as a large ecosystem where everything is connected and that is in our hands to conserve biodiversity, represented today by this giant pachyderm.
The more than 1,500 people daily visit Oasis Park Fuerteventura will enjoy watching the spectacular breakfast that caregivers prepare for the group of elephants with their favorite delicacies and also will be able to see their refreshing summer shower. They may also attend an interesting lecture given by our biologists where they will meet the characteristics and situation of this wonderful species from which we have much to learn.
Illegal trade in animals or their parts is a lucrative business with horrific consequences. Between 2010 and 2014 the price of ivory in China, the main market, has tripled. The value of a single tusk may be around 14,000 € and can provide between 90,000 € and 180,000 €. So the big male elephants whose tusks can weigh 100kg.
Oasis Park Fuerteventura participates in the African elephant EEP (breeding program) and in conservation projects. But today we focus all the attention in our the future breeding male, the small Noah who is already showing the first signs of alpha male in the group! We will be able to contribute soon to this conservation program with an expanding family of African elephants in Oasis Park Fuerteventura.
Are you see our elephants in your next visit?