For the fourth year in a row, young Egyptian vultures are preparing to live in the wild

For the fourth year in a row, young Egyptian vultures are preparing to live in the wild

This week four more captive-bred young Egyptian Vultures started their long journey to freedom. They were ringed, measured, sampled and transported from the WRBC of Green Balkans to the adaptation aviary managed by BSPB in the Eastern Rhodopes.

Our new heroes are going to spend the next month and a half living in the aviary and adapting to the local conditions. The adaptation aviary is situated on a hill-top with magnificent view towards the Arda river valley and the massive cliff formations nearby which soon our vultures will call “home”. From the aviary they will daily observe the wild Egyptian, Griffon and Cinereous Vultures visiting the nearby supplementary feeding station. Once ready, they will be freed and will have to learn how to be wild birds.

Meanwhile, a BSPB team will take daily care of them, observe their behavior, and teach them how to identify different food items which soon they must recognize in the wild.

The next few months will be exciting both for them and for the “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE” team. We will do our best to prepare them well for the challenges of the life in the wild.
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Three of the young vultures were donated to the project by zoos from the EAZA network and the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) with the assistance of its coordinator Anton Vaidl. Schönbrunn Zoo and Sofia zoo provided young vultures born in 2019, Jerez zoo donated one vulture born in 2020. The fourth young bird was collected from a wild nest in northern Bulgaria last year.

It is the fourth consecutive year in which we will release captive-bred Egyptian Vultures through the delayed release method.