First bearded vultures hatched in captivity in Bulgaria feature in National Geographic!


The first two young bearded vulture chicks ever hatched in captivity in Bulgaria are the stars of the Bulgarian edition of National Geographic. Both bearded vultures chicks were born in captivity, from a pair that belongs to the bearded vulture captive breeding network (EEP), managed by the Vulture Conservation Foundation, and kept in […]

Three bearded vultures successfully released in Andalucía, Spain

3 bearded vultures were released last Friday in the Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas, Spain by staff from the Junta de Andalucía and the Fundación Gypaetus, which manage the reintroduction project there.


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), […]

Wild bearded vulture nestling tagged in the French pre-Pyrenees

Nestling Bearded Vulture being fitted with Satellite Tag in the Aude, in the French eastern pre-Pyrenees April 2016 For the first time ever a wild bearded vulture nestling was tagged last week in its nest in the Aude, in the French eastern pre-Pyrenees, as part of the LIFE GYPCONNECT project. The nestling hatched in […]

Preparations underway for the first ever release of Bearded vultures in Western French Pre-Alps

The Baronnies mountains are the westernmost extremity of the French Pre-Alps – and so a strategically important site for the establishment of a corridor for bearded vultures between the Alps (where the species has been reintroduced), the Grands Causses-Massif Central (where there is also a reintroduction project) and the Pyrenean populations.

Irish Red Kite Project Soars to New Heights.

Irish Red Kite Project Soars to New Heights –

more than 50 pairs now recorded in Ireland and over 150 young fledged between 2010 and 2015 as excitement builds for monitoring in 2016.

Dr Marc Ruddock, red kite project manager on right

A new breeding pair of bearded vultures located in Savoie (French Alps)


This year a new breeding pair has established itself in the Savoie region – the 5th pair in that region of the French Alps. Following the recolonisation of Savoie in 1999, with the establishment of a pair in Vald’Isere, breeding pairs of bearded vultures appeared in Termignon in 2001, Peisey-Nancroix in 2004 and […]

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.