Siv and Ruth, our two new cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus), are already in their new habitat in full view of the public, within our nature reserve covering more than 800,000m2. The animals continue their process of adaptation to the environment and socialization with the other cheetah of the park, Jessica, initiated after their arrival a few weeks ago from the Beekse Bergen center in the Netherlands. If you visit us you can now enjoy watching the three cats, the only specimens in the Canary Islands of this species at risk of extinction.
The two newcomers have already been able to discover their new ecosystem and see what the Canarian climate is like, with its similarities to the environmental conditions of Africa. To this is added that we have specialized teams in the care, management and reproduction of these animals, knowledge of feeding and specific care of these wild animals and with external advice for the animals welfare, which allows us meet all the conditions to house and watch over for its conservation. It is our goal to enter the European Endangered Species Program (EEP), which works to ensure the future of the cheetah. We hope to increase the group in the future to become a benchmark in the control, care and conservation of this feline. “We have the perfect formula for the reproduction in captivity of these type of animals, which usually poses many difficulties”, comments Soraya Cabrera, Director of Conservation in the Park.
We must remember that the cheetah is in serious danger due to the drastic reduction in the numbers of this animal in recent years. The Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists it as ´Vulnerable´ due to the threat of extinction that this feline suffers.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund of Namibia (Fund for the Conservation of Cheetahs) calculates that there are around 10,000 existing today, compared to the 1,000,000 that were recorded in the twentieth century. Recent studies such as that of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WDCS), suggest that there are only about 7,100 cheetahs left around the world.
Visit us, learn to respect and love this animal and help us to save it!