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12 rear saker falcons arrived in Bulgaria

12 rear saker falcons arrived in Bulgaria

20.03.2012
They were donated by the Slovakian zoo “Bojnice”, the biggest one in the country, where some of them had been already bred and the others were hatched one year earlier. The birds were accommodated in pairs in cages specially build for the purpose at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Centre in Stara Zagora. One part of the programme aims at breeding the pairs and releasing their offspring in the wild in Bulgaria in the following years. At present the Rescue Centre is taking care for eight pairs and two single birds.
The project “Saker Falcon in Bulgaria – research and conservation”, part of which is the above breeding program, is coordinated by IBER within the Southeast European Saker Falcon Network.
The last recorded nidification of a saker falcon in Bulgaria was in the year 1998 but unfortunately it was unsuccessful. No falcon nesting sites were observed for the last fourteen years so the species is considered to be distinct or breeding in very low numbers of 0-3 pairs.
The project is funded by the International Wildlife Consultants (UK) Ltd on behalf of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. We express our deep gratitude to our colleagues in “Bojnice” zoo for their help in preserving the biodiversity in Bulgaria.

A popular Slovakian media reported the event in its central news broadcast.



Contacts:

Dimitar Ragyov - project coordinator
E-mail:
dimitar.ragyov@gmail.com; Mobile: 0898585553

Ivaylo Klisurov - chair of the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Centre
E-mail:
iklisurov@greenbalkans.org, Mobile: 0886570052

Karney Karneev - in charge of breeding in the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Centre
E-mail:
kkarneev@greenbalkans-wrbc.org, Mobile: 0882707035