Oasis Park Fuerteventura makes history with the reintroduction of the endangered species, Cuvier's gazelle

Thursday, 13 October, 2016

The National Park Jebel Serj will receive eight Cuvier's gazelle born and bred in the zoo majorero to contribute to the growth of the population of this species. The great day of reintroducing Cuvier's gazelles has finally arrived. The result of a conservation program developed in Oasis Park Fuerteventura over the last eleven years. Great news for the reduced world population of this species, with only 800 individuals in existence

Facilities at this majorero center of  rescue and recovery and the team have ensured the genetic variability of this endangered species that dwell in the National Park Jebel Serj (Tunisia), which is expected to increase its population  by 30%. This expected increase would not have been possible without the work of the community of modern zoos such as Oasis Park Fuerteventura, where they work daily for the incorporation of many species into their natural habitat.

The Park breeding program is part of the actions of the Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Arid Zone Experimental Station (EEZA). Both institutions have worked in the last 45 years for the reproduction of the Cuvier´s gazelle, now, our individuals are part of the group of 43 traveling to Tunisia.

As of October the 20th, our four females and four males will be in the hands of three Tunisian trained technicians from EEZA-CSIC for better group handling and feeding, biological control, transport and identification of species, etc. The joy is immense for the great family of Oasis Park Fuerteventura, meanwhile the farewell of these eight individuals will leave a gap in our group of gazelles. However, we are undertaking a responsible reintroduction.

Despite being more than 2.400 kilómetros apart and separated from them, we will remain involved in their evolution since the animals will be monitored until 2019. During that time, the goal will be to increase the population of this species by 30%. This is our first reintroduction but certainly not the last.

In Oasis Park Fuerteventura We continue working to maintain viable population centers that help conserve biodiversity.