01/12/2017

New baby Dorcas gazelle born at the Barcelona Zoo

The Zoo is the main contributor to the project to conserve and rescue this species in Senegal

On 15 November, a new baby Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas) was born at the Barcelona Zoo. The new-born's name is Junior and his parents, Maribel and Asturiano, the group's male breeder, were from a centre in Asturias. After a few unfruitful attempts, due to the mother’s lack of experience, the little gazelle managed to breastfeed and now does it regularly. He is also in great health and living well in his exhibit.
Since the start of the year, seven babies have been born in Barcelona, added to the success of the species’ conservation plan. In total, the Zoo’s population consists of 16 females and nine males.
 
The Barcelona Zoo is the main collaborator in the revival project for the Dorcas gazelle led by the Arid Areas Experimental Station of Almeria of CSIC with the support of several European zoos. In the last 10 years, the Zoo has provided funding and veterinary and educational advisory services to this programme in Senegal, one of the countries from which this species originates, which is almost extinct in the wild, due to hunting in the deserts and steppes where it lives in North Africa, Arabia and the Near East.

New specimens transferred to Senegal
This week Zoo members of the so-called ‘Spanish team’ (made up of the CSIC and the Zoo), Hugo Fernández and Conrad Enseñat, respectively a veterinarian and mammal conservator, travelled to Senegal, to take one further step ahead in the project. The transfer of new specimens is now planned from the small Réserve de Faune de Guembeul to the Réserve de Faune Ferlo Nord—an extensive protected region of over 6000 km2, representative of the scrub savannah characteristic of the Sahel—after they have spent the necessary period of time adapting to the new environment. This transfer is being awaited with great excitement by the local communities involved in the project and the participating institutions.
 
Réserve de la Faune de Guembeul (Senegal)
Zoo experts and a film crew are accompanying them, who will report on this phase of the project. And there will also be camera traps and material for filming the animals inside their cages and during transport. All in all, all the equipment and teams will let them comprehensively monitor and document the operation, providing extremely interesting materials that we will be able to share on the expedition

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