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Long-awaited guests from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund visited the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre of Green Balkans

Long-awaited guests from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund visited the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre of Green Balkans

01.12.2023
In November, the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre of Green Balkans was visited by the funders of project Saker Falcon Reintroduction in Bulgaria - the Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund, represented by Managing Director Abdullah Al Qubaisi and Dr. Andrew Dixon. They were accompanied by Fernando Feas - an expert in breeding falcons from Spain with many years of experience.
 
The guests got acquainted with the various activities of the Centre, including the admission and treatment of injured protected species of wild animals, and the breeding of rare and endangered birds such as vultures and falcons with the aim of restoring their populations in Bulgaria.
 
The focus of the visit was the activities of captive breeding, rearing and hacking of Saker Falcons, on which our team has been working for more than 10 years. The activities are carried out with the aim of restoring the breeding population of the species in our country, and thanks to these efforts there are currently two confirmed pairs in the wild - formed by birds released as part of the programme.
 
In addition to the Centre, the guests also visited the Saker Falcon hacking site located near the town of Stara Zagora. There they saw the hacks from which the birds take their first flights and the feeding platforms. They got acquainted with the applied methods of feeding and monitoring the released falcons in the field.
 
Throughout their visit, the experts provided extremely invaluable advice and recommendations that will greatly improve our efforts to breed the species, for which we are truly grateful. We hope that this cooperation will continue in the future in order to increase the number of wild pairs of Saker Falcons and to create a sustainable population of the species in our country and in the Balkans. The return of the Saker Falcon would not have been possible without the support of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund.

The "Reintroduction of the Saker falcon in Bulgaria" project is funded by Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund and Armeec JSC.