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


The captive breeding center in Guadalentín is one of the three large specialized captive breeding centers for the bearded vultures, and its main aim is to produce as many chicks as possible and adopt chicks coming from other institutions, while the two other centers (in Vallcalent, Spain and Haringsee, Austria) becoming more specialized in breeding founder birds and/or birds with behavioral anomalies or physical disabilities.

All three centers are part of the bearded vulture captive network where +40 zoos, animal parks, private institutions and wildlife rehabilitation centers are working for the conservation of this endangered species. This network, organised in a European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) under the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), is coordinated by the VCF. Most of the chicks bred in captivity are released in one of the four on-going projects: Alps, Andalusia, Grands Causses –included in the framework LIFE GypConnect project- and Corsica.

As we speak, many dedicated people across Europe are now working day and night to take care of precious eggs, help vultures hatch, and feed them in the key first few days of their lives. The VCF would like to thank all these people for this great collaborative work. Without them, the bearded vulture would not be flying high above the alpine peaks, the gorges of the Grands Causses, and the craggy peaks of Cazorla. Thank you very much!

Photos: Fundación Gypaetus, Helena Torné, Sarah Díaz

This article was first published by the Vulture Conservation Foundation 13 February 2017

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

  • That really good news, and as a keen conservationist for raptors that is so good to hear.
    I’ve not yet seen a wild Bearded Vulture, but this year I’ll be holidaying near Malaga in August. Would it be possible for you to point me to the nearest region where it might me possible for me to see one.

    Thank you in anticipation.

    David Stewart