Annual report for the 2016 bearded vulture captive breeding season just published – record breaking season, with 27 young produced and 17 reintroduced back to the wild.

A Bearded Vulture incubating a clutch of eggs in captivity

100 years after going extinct in the Alps, the bearded vulture is now back to the alpine skies – 40+ established territories and a record number (25!) of wild-born fledged young in 2016, in one of the most celebrated and spectacular wildlife […]

Vultures indirectly regulate the abundance of foxes through limiting their access to carrion – newspaper 2017-0

Vultures are obligate scavengers, as they depend totally on carrion. Facultative scavengers, like foxes, on the other hand exploit carrion opportunistically and are generally ubiquitous. […]

Portuguese police establishes the first-ever anti-poisoning dog teams in northern Portugal – soon they will start patrolling the LIFE RUPIS area

The GNR – one of the LIFE RUPIS project partners – will present publicly their first ever anti-poisoning dog teams tomorrow, in a ceremony to be held at 09:30 am at the GNR facilities in Miranda do Douro (Largo de São José). […]

Bearded Vultures: First two baby bearded vultures of the season hatched in Guadalentin

The first bearded vulture to hatch this year within our captive breeding network (bearded vulture EEP) came out on the early hours of the 28th January, from the first egg laid in this new breeding season by one of the breeding pairs from the bearded vulture captive breeding center in Guadalentín, managed by the […]

News from the LIFE Re vultures – griffon and black vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

A total of 7 griffon vultures – four adults and three young – and 11 black vultures have been fitted in the last few months by the LIFE Re Vultures team with tags, to study their dispersal and movements, and identify threats.

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Bearded vultures in our captive breeding network kept laying eggs during Xmas and new Year!

While most of us took some time off to celebrate Christmas or New Year, our captive bearded vultures kept their human keepers busy monitoring their breeding, which is now in full swing. Three eggs were laid on Christmas eve – in Yerevan and Ostrava zoos, and in the bearded vulture captive breeding center in […]

Adonis – the bearded vulture last recorded in Romania, where a beer was named after it, is now back in the French Pre-Alps!

Bearded vulture Adonis – a young male released in 2014 in the Massif Central-Grands Causses, as part of the reintroduction project there – now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project, and last recorded in the western Carpathian mountains in Romania in September, is now back in the French Alps (Vercors).

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The Corsican bearded vulture chick extracted from an unproductive nest earlier this year is a female and is doing well!

Last February a team from the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse and from the VCF extracted an egg from a bearded vulture pair in Corsica that had not bred successfully for more than 30 years – an action that had been agreed by all relevant stakeholders under an emergency action plan to save this […]

The bearded vulture breeding season is starting across Europe´s mountain ranges!

Bearded vultures are one of the earliest breeders in Europe – their timing perfectly adapted to have chicks in early spring, when many of the mountain herbivores on which they feed (when they die) have their first […]

Landscape factors affecting territory occupancy and breeding success of Egyptian Vultures on the Balkan Peninsula: new paper

Egyptian Vulture. Photo Bruno Berthémy

Data on territory occupancy and breeding success for 87 different territories of the Endangered Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in the Balkans were correlated with 48 different environmental variables to understand the relative influence of various factors on population declines. The analysis included 405 breeding events between 2003 […]