A vulture patient of the Wildlife Rescue Centre will be followed through a satellite tag

A vulture patient of the Wildlife Rescue Centre will be followed through a satellite tag

The vulture K5M was admitted at the Wildlife Rescue Centre on January 3d with decreased weight due to severe winter. After a short period of intensive rehabilitation, it successfully recovered and is now ready to be released back into the wild.

Before being released, the bird was tagged with a satellite transmitter by the team of the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna. The tag will allow us to follow it and collect detailed information on its behavior into the wild. This method provides extremely valuable information about vultures and has a great importance for their conservation. Soon you will also be able to track the bird live, stay tuned for news from the LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project.

K5M is a very interesting vulture. It was found in distress in Extremadura and was treated at a Rescue Centre in Spain. After that the vulture was transferred for release in Bulgaria as a part of an international programme for the restoration of the species. In March 2013 is was released from the Central Balkan aviary and was later seen at the aviaries of Sliven and Kotel. In 2016 it is among the 6 breeding pairs which nested in the area of Kotel  as a result of the long-term nature conservation programme of FWFF and Green Balkans in the area of the Eastern Balkan Mountains. A chick did hatch in the nest of that bird, but unfortunately something happened and it did not survive. Despite that, the chances for this pair to successfully raise a young are much greater this year and we therefore rushed to release the bird before the start of the breeding season.

Let us remind you that 2015 saw the hatching of the very first Griffon Vulture in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria for the past 60 years. It hatched in Vrachanski Balkan and was named Michel, after the French nature conservationalist Michel Terrasse, who developed a similar programme for the restoration of Griffon Vulture in France in the beginning of 1980s. In 2016 we had 5 successfully raised young in the Eastren Balkan Mountains (Sliven/Kotel), 4 in Vrachanski Balkan and 2 in the Kresna Gorge/Pirin Mnts. We therefore consider the species as successfully restored in the Balkan Mnts and the Pirin Mnts. The total number of nesting pairs in these two areas is some 25 pairs and together with the natural population in the Eastern Rhodopi Mnts, the total number of breeding pairs exceeds 100 pairs, increasing the breeding range of the species with some 200 %.

For more information, please contact:
Elena Stoeva – Project Manager LIFE14 NAT/BG/649,
phone: +359 887574699, е-mail: