Endangered Gazelles 1st Steps With Mum After Zoo Birth

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorMichael LeidigAgencyNewsflash

Credit: Newsflash/Bioparc Valencia

These are the first steps of a critically endangered gazelle which has been born in a Spanish zoo.

The dama gazelle (Nanger dama mhorr) was born at the Bioparc Valencia zoo in the city of Valencia, in the eastern Spanish region of the same name as part of a breeding programme which belongs to an international preservation programme.

In the video, the baby gazelle’s first steps with the group can be seen as it is cared for by its mother.

Picture Credit: Newsflash/Bioparc Valencia

The zoo said the baby had to be kept in a cage for its own health and safety for two days before it was released into the group.

Fleur, the mother of the newborn, was born in Rotterdam and moved to Bioparc Valencia in 2014. She has given birth to five offspring, starting in 2017, and following in 2018,2019 and now in 2020.

The dama gazelle is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List and was saved from extinction thanks to the breeding projects set up by the Spanish scientist Jose Antonio Valverde.

Picture Credit: Newsflash/Bioparc Valencia

Valverde brought a group of the gazelles native to the Sahara desert to Almeria in Spain over 40 years ago to save them.

In 2015 a reintroduction project was conducted in the Western Saharan territory of Morocco and further reintroduction initiatives have been created in Senegal and Tunisia.

Sources from the zoo said the gazelle is the second born in Spain during the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

Picture Credit: Newsflash/Bioparc Valencia

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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