Fuerteventura News Roundup – 19 November

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Last Chimpanzee leaves Oasis Park
Cheeta, the only Chimpanzee to survive the tragic events back in June when Guardia Civil were forced to shoot three escaped animals, has left the island for a recovery centre in Girona. The female Chimpanzee had been at the centre since 1988 after being rescued from a street photographer. The park authorities decided that loneliness was adversely affecting the animal and that a better solution needed to be found.

Heavy Autumn Rain
AEMET, the Spanish Meteorological agency has said that Fuerteventura has received three times the average amount of rainfall in the period between 1st of October and 10th of November. The Canary Islands received very heavy rain in October with substantial damage caused in Telde in Gran Canaria.

Tree Planting
The Fuerteventura Cabildo is to establish 30 green areas using native shrubs and trees over the next four years. To raise awareness of the need to protect and re-establish native species, the Cabildo is currently giving away 1000 plants, which can be collected from distribution points in each municipality upon presentation of a DNI.

Most Popular Destination for Poles
Fuerteventura has become the most popular Spanish holiday destination for Poles with over 64,000 arrivals from Poland so far this year (to the end of October). The island’s profile has been raised there, thanks to a number of high profile visits by Polish Celebrities. TUI Poland plans to increase its capacity to the island by 30% in 2016.

Isla de Lobos Excavations reveal Roman Dye Factory
The continuing archaeological excavations of the 2000 year-old remains on Isla de Lobos have revealed a small dock and what archaeologists believe was a processing area for making Purple dye from marine snails. Purple dye was highly valued in the Roman Empire and was made by boiling large quantities of marine snails.

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