Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too.


Breeding black vultures in captivity for conservation – 2015 report

The Eurasian Black Vulture European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), a coordinated network of zoos and animal parks aiming to reproduce in captivity this endangered species and eventually release young into the wild, in which the Vulture Conservation Foundation plays an important role, has released its latest update. There are now 184 birds in […]

Captive-bred black vulture “Bernardus” released in Verdon is now in Portugal

Bernardus, a young female black vulture, was equipped with a GPS transmitter before being released in the Gorges du Verdon (France) last September, as part of the black vulture reintroduction project there (see pictures). Bernardus was born in captivity in Pairi Daiza Zoo in Belgium, within the European black vulture captive breeding program (EEP), […]

New paper on a case study on black vultures and windfarms: High mortality and a novel tool for EIAs and SEAs on new plans

Photo of two black vultures by Bruno Berthémy

While wind energy is environmentally friendly, and prevents climate change, it has well-known impacts in terms of collision of raptors and other wildlife with wind turbine blades, leading often to a conflict. In this paper the authors focus in an area in Greece that […]

New project for the conservation of black and griffon vultures in the Rhodope mountains (Bulgaria-Greece) launched


The kick-off meeting for the EU-funded project “Conservation of Black and Griffon vultures in the cross-border Rhodope Mountains”, led by Rewilding Europe in partnership with Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds/Birdlife Bulgaria, WWF Greece, Vulture Conservation Foundation and Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, was held last week in Haskovo (Bulgaria).


Black vultures arrived well and safe in France

The safe arrival in France of all 7 Black Vultures The 7 black vultures (Aegypius monachus that the Vulture Conservation Foundation transported last weekend from Spain to France, arrived well and are already settled in their acclimatization aviaries. […]

Seven more black vultures on the way to France

This weekend (5-6 February) the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) is transporting 7 black vultures (Aegypius monachus from Spain to France. The vultures are coming from Spanish recovery centers in Extremadura and Andalucia, and will be released back in the wild for the reintroduction projects in Verdon and Baronnies – France.


Vultures Back to LIFE – the dream goes on. New LIFE project for the reintroduction of the black vulture to Bulgaria starts!

Black Vultures

In the last few years one of the focus of the VCF has been on restoring vulture populations in the Balkans. Some planning work resulted in a Balkan Vulture Action Plan, and in the last few years the VCF has been contributing to great work done […]

Bernardus the black vulture is now reported to be in the Doñana National Parc

Just over one month ago we published information about the fantastic trip along the Spanish Mediterranean coast of Bernardus, the young black vulture born in captivity and released last September in the reintroduction project in Verdon, France (see news).


More Spanish black vultures will soon be on the way to France to be reintroduced into the wild.

The Vulture Conservation Foundation is organizing one more time the transport of Black Vultures from Spain for the reintroduction project in France. This year 7 healthy individuals were secured, five from Extremadura (which has the largest Black Vulture population in the world, about 900 breeding pairs) and Andalusia (2 birds). All these birds were […]