We extended our family of giraffes with the birth of two new offspring!

Tuesday, 7 February, 2017

The family of giraffes in Oasis Park Fuerteventura, is the largest in Europe, and continues to grow with the birth of two new offspring of this species; which is currently at high risk of extinction. The increase in population with these two new specimens is a great success for us.

Both calves are in perfect condition and are having a positive evolution. The first of the giraffes is a male whose mother, Saka, is a 15-year-old female giraffe who came to our family in 2004. This is her fourth delivery.

The second, a female, has suffered the rejection of her biological mother, Yaiza, she was born here in 2009. This behavior is quite common in the case of first-time mothers. Although the baby was initially adopted by the super mom Saka, it will now have to be fed by bottle.

The small giraffes were born after the usual gestation period of 457 days and both weigh already between 50 and 80 kilos. The births were natural and lasted about 45 minutes, and our veterinarians and caregivers were present throughout. The first calf was born 30 minutes after the birth began, being one of the fastest in the family of 17 giraffes.

The recognizable giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), the tallest terrestrial mammal on the planet, is severely threatened. The world's population has declined by about 40 percent in the past 30 years, according to the latest information on the IUCN Red List, which recently labeled the species Vulnerable (VU). This category indicates that it faces a high risk of extinction in nature.

In the words of Soraya Cabrera, our Director of Conservation, "giraffes have experienced a drastic decrease in the number of specimens, in what is known as a silent extinction, so this double birth is a success and great news for us".

We want to make our visitors and followers feel special, so we will invite everyone to propose names for the newborns through our social networks. Do not miss the opportunity to choose what our little ones will be named... See you in Oasis Park.