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35 new Griffon Vultures arrived from Spain

35 new Griffon Vultures arrived from Spain

28.11.2013
The team of Green Balkans arrived from Andalucia, Spain, with a mini-van and a trailer full of 35 Griffon Vultures from two Rescue Centres in Sevilla and Cadiz. Having crossed Europe from Spain through France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania in attempt to outrace the snow storm over the Balkans, on November 27th at 8 pm the vultures arrived to the Wildlife Rescue Centre at Green Balkans - Stara Zagora. Here they were greeted by the experts of the Rescue Centre, supported by a team of volunteers, staff of the Vultures Return Project and even our colleagues from Zoo Ostrava.
Each of the birds was examined and treated against parasites. All vultures were in excellent condition despite the three-day-journey. The batch comprised 34 young Griffons and an adult female, recovred after a collision with a wind turbine.

The Spanish vultures were secured with the kind cooperation of the Vulture Conservation Foundation and granted by Junta de Andalucia, Spain.

Thanks to their long-term vulture conservation efforts and the implementation of an impressive anti-poison campaign, Andalucia is in position to join vulture reintroduction projects abroad, sending them birds. We are hoping that their vultures will become the founders of a whole new population on the Balkans!

The birds will stay in the Rescue Centre until spring so that the team can more easily monitor and care after them. After that the vultures will be transported to their final destination - the adaptation aviaries maintained in Vrachanski Balkan, Central Balkan, Sinite kamani and Kotlenska Stara planina. After that they will be released into the wild.

We would like to cordially thank Junta de Andalucia for their trust and we hope to continue our fruitful cooperation!

For more information, please contact:
Elena Kmetova
Project manager of the Vultures Return in Bulgaria
Phone: + 359 885 219 557; ekmetova@greenbalkans.org