Our Cuvier's gazelle already know their new home, the Jebel Serj National Park in Tunisia

Friday, 21 October, 2016

With the completion of the first phase of reintroduction of this endangered species, its population could increase by 30% by 2019.

Thursday, Oasis Park Fuerteventura and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) have  taken a very important step with the conservation work of Cuvier's gazelle. Thanks to this ambitious project, which has been in development since 2005, a total of 43 examples of this species have been reintroduced into the National Park Jebel Serj in Tunisia.

The rescue and recuperation center Oasis Park Fuerteventura, and the team of professionals within the park, have participated in the release of eight Gazelles,  four males and four females, born and raised in the majoreran facilities. These animals are added to the 35 bred at the Experimental Farm La Hoya of the Arid Zones Experimental Station of Almeria (EEZA) and the Reserve of the Castle Guards of Seville..

Guacimara Cabrera, Director of Oasis Park Fuerteventura, has accompanied members of the Spanish Government, represented by the ambassador of the country, Juan Lopez-Doriga, and the President of CSIC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, in the process of the release of the gazelles which has taken place in the Jebel Serj Park.

 

Worldwide there are only 800 examples of this species, fewer than 100 of them are in Tunisia.

"The process of reintroducing the species in their natural habitat must be a commitment from the country of origin. Getting these countries, many who are in conflict to commit is difficult. This project began eleven years ago and we had to work a lot with different countries to get one that would meet the needs of the animals " said Soraya Cabrera, director of conservation Oasis Park Fuerteventura.

With this project, initiated in 2005, it is expected to increase the population of gazelles in the Park Jebel Serj by 30% by December 2019. By this date it is hoped to be able to reintroduce examples in other areas of Tunisia.