Fighting illegal poisoning in Europe with LIFE

Anti-poisoning dog unit established on Portuguese side of the Douro canyon through LIFE Rupis Illegal poisoning is the single biggest threat to vultures not only in Europe but across the globe. Many of the conservation projects we are partners on are funded by the European Union’s LIFE programme […]

A first in 40 years of captive breeding bearded vultures

The final release of the 2018 bearded vulture reintroduction season happened on Sunday 17 June in Switzerland with the release of two bearded vultures from the Bearded Vulture Captive Breeding Network EEP (keep an eye out on news later this week for a full report). Running since 1978 the network which currently looks after 167 […]

Breeding bearded vulture dies after colliding with cable in Vanoise – single partner continues to take care of the chick

Collision with the energy infrastructure or the ski lifts has been identified as one important mortality cause for the bearded vulture in the Alps – over the last few years several bearded vultures died after colliding with cables. Hence, a major part of the LIFE GYPHELP project in which […]

More bad news from Africa – 87 vultures poisoned to death in Mozambique

Only one week ago we reported on the latest mass-poisoning of vultures in Africa, when 75 vultures and 6 lions were found poisoned in Tanzania. Barely 7 days later, and one day after the world marked the world wildlife day, we are saddened to report […]

New paper: Antibiotics found in carcasses left in vulture supplementary feeding sites in Portugal

Antibiotics have been beneficial for human and animal health. However, an excessive use in livestock and a deficient management of the carcasses that are deposited in supplementary feeding sites can lead to adverse effects in the scavengers that ingest them, as some antibiotics can have adverse impacts on vultures.

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The African vulture crisis continues – yet another mass poisoning of vultures (and carnivores) in Tanzania

The Vulture Multi-species Action Plan (Vulture MsAP), approved recently in the conference of the parties of the Convention for Migratory Species – a global strategic blueprint identifying priorities and actions to conserve 15 species of old world vultures – says it clearly: (illegal) poison with poisoned baits (often against predators of livestock) is the […]

Egyptian vulture ‘Douro’ has now crossed the Atlas Mountains and is around Marrakesh – soon he will be in Gibraltar

Douro – an Egyptian vulture captured and tagged at the Escalhão supplementary feeding sitelast June in the framework of the project LIFE Rupis , and that has spent the winter in the border between Mali and Mauritania, will cross into Europe in the next few days – he was […]

Cinereous vulture tagged and released back to the wild in Jordan

 

We have recently written about the first ever cinereous vulture which was tagged in Jordan – we now a nice video done by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan about this (see above).

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Bearded vulture Roc Genèse is in Buseu,in Catalonia !

Roc Genèse, the first wild bearded vulture nestling ever tagged in the French pre-Pyrenees, is now in Buseu, in Catalonia – where a local NGO is promoting wildlife watching and socio-economic development based on vulture watching (see http://buseu.es/en/ ). There is a vulture watching observatory in there, associated with a supplementary feeding station, that […]

When age does not matter – 48 years old bearded vulture is still breeding

Vultures are long lived birds, and in captivity some birds may reach a very respectable age, around 50 years. Now, a 48-year-old male in the bearded vulture captive breeding networks is breeding – with a new mate too.

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