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Presenting rare and protected species and the activities at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center

Presenting rare and protected species and the activities at the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center

13.12.2018
Today the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center team along with the ‘NATURA 2000 in Bulgaria - NEW HORIZONS’ project team gave a presentation in front of the freshman students at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Trakia University, Stara Zagora.

A lot of the volunteers at the Rescue Center have joined the organization after such presentations at which we show students the Center’s activities as well as the rare species that reside at the Rescue center. The work at the Rescue Center gives students a unique opportunity to get to see wildlife rehabilitation practices which they do not get at the university. Some of the students even get to perform real wildlife surgeries under the guidance of the veterinary specialists at the Center and after some years of practicing, of course.

Along that we told students more about the rare and protected species - the saker falcon, lesser kestrel, griffon and bearded vulture, all of which can be seen at the Rescue Center where they are part of different reintroduction programs.

Our wildlife ambassadors - the little owl Blaga and the common buzzard Misho, who have permanent injuries and reside at the Rescue Center, helped us explain the harmful practices and their consequences for wildlife.

It is extremely important for us to meet young and enthusiastic people whom to share our experience with and who can carry on our work. All people, interested in working with wildlife are more than welcome to visit us. We would be happy to show you our work and welcome you in the team!


Additional information:
Natura 2000

Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.

Lesser Kestrel
The Lesser Kestrel – once extinct as a nesting species in the country and successfully restored 25 years later, thanks to the Green Balkans activities in the Sakar Mountains. The species and its habitats are preserved in the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Saker Falcon
The Saker Falcon is a globally endangered species listed as critically endangered in Bulgaria. Although it was widespread in the past, in 2018 the first active nest of the species for the last 10 years was reported. The species and its habitats are subject to protection by the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Vultures
There are four species of vultures in Europe - Griffon, Black, Egyptian and Bearded Vulture. All of them are strictly protected by Bulgarian and European legislation. As rare and valuable species, they fall under the protection of the European ecological network Natura 2000. Bulgaria is home to only three of them – the Griffon, Black and Egyptian Vulture. The Bearded Vulture - a symbol of Bulgarian nature protection is considered extinct from the country.


 
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