27 March 2024

BIOPARC Valencia's “little elephant” begins to explore the outdoor enclosure

The optimal evolution of the newborn elephant and the adaptation of the space to its needs has allowed it to be visible to the public. The rest of the herd with little 1-year-old Makena remain in the stunning lake and baobab area.

Inconceivable would be the most appropriate adjective to imagine the Earth without elephants. It is shocking to think that the largest land animal that inhabits our planet could cease to exist, but it is an increasingly certain future if we do not act to avoid it. The data is resounding since there are less than 5% of the elephants left than there were at the beginning of the XNUMXth century.. Faced with this, there are two options: look the other way lazily or the opposite, take action and do it not only with enthusiasm and passion, but also with science and allocating resources to achieve it. The BIOPARC of Fuengirola, Valencia and the Gijón Aquarium emerged as a novel conservation tool capable of combining the preservation projects of nature threatened with awareness of society towards caring for the environment.

BIOPARC Valencia's “little elephant” begins to explore the outdoor enclosure

The touching images make it possible to contemplate the most beautiful part of nature and this species in serious danger of extinction, since more than 95% of its population has disappeared in just over 100 years.

The possibility of contemplating a beautiful baby elephant in a faithful recreation of the African savanna is a wonderful opportunity to awaken love and respect for this wildlife in danger of extinction and mobilize towards its protection. At just over a week old, BIOPARC Valencia's “little elephant” can already be seen for a few hours in the outdoor enclosure and is a truly fascinating experience.

Observing his still imprecise steps, the adventure of discovering what every corner hides, watching how he is surprised by the extraordinary capabilities of his little trunk or being moved by the care and snuggles of his mother Maja, is like experiencing a live documentary. With the caution necessaryMaintaining all precautions and always under the discretion of the protective mother who will decide where she remains at all times, the animal care team has adapted the space to provide maximum well-being and promote the development of the still “baby”.

Baby elephant born at BIOPARC Valencia

To offer the best experience on holidays, BIOPARC brings forward the opening and offers up to 15 free activities throughout the day.

To continue with the integration into the pack, approximately until noon. The little one, his mother and some females will have access to the space that recreates a palm grove, where the male can later be seen. The rest of the group, with little 1-year-old Makena, will stay in the impressive area of ​​the lake and the baobab forest. The birth of the second savanna elephant (African loxodonta) in the Valencian park within the international preservation project, has been possible after several years of intense work by the technical team and the firm decision of the BIOPARC Foundation to try to guarantee their survival through controlled breeding. A second success and hope for the future of this iconic species.

First outing of the "little elephant" to the BIOPARC Valencia savannah

So that people who visit BIOPARC enjoy the best experience, it has been opening ahead at 9.30:29 a.m. on March 30, 31 and XNUMX. The rest of the days the park will open at 10 a.m. with closing time at 19 p.m. and from April 2 until 20 p.m. Additionally, they offer up to 15 free activities for all ages throughout the day, with options from face painting to guided tours or the renowned Educational Exhibition “The Cycle of Life” in two sessions.

Baby elephant's first day in the BIOPARC savanna

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