New improved guidelines for captive breeding of bearded vultures have just been published by the VCF

Guidelines and recommendations for the captive breeding of bearded vulture - 2nd edition
Guidelines housing BV in captivity 2nd e
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The VCF has just revised and considerably improved the guidelines for captive breeding of bearded vultures – the new document, upgraded with many photos, can be downloaded from


The VCF coordinates the bearded vulture EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) on behalf of EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. This network includes over 30 Zoos and specialized captive breeding stations that have with bearded vultures, most of which are owned by the VCF.


This captive breeding network is at the basis of the successful reintroduction projects in the Alps (where there are now 30 breeding pairs in the wild), the Grands Causses (started in 2010) and Andalusia (started in 2006).


Participating zoos and captive breeding stations have now a technical document in their hands with the most recent knowledge on the best husbandry practices, in order to give these magnificent birds the perfect conditions for breeding in captivity, and thus increase the number of young that can be released in the near future.


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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Renee Johnson (Saturday, 28 June 2014 23:05)

    I live in Missouri so we do not have the Old World Vultures here. However, the world is getting smaller and you have a lot of good information here that is of benefit for our vultures. We have had, and will have a breeding Andean Condor in the next two years (she is eight this year). We do have breeding facility for Eagles, Owls and some Hawks so you have a lot of very useful information here. I will benefit form your information. May I share this information and give reference back to your guidelines?

  • #2

    vulturefoundation (Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:49)

    Hi Renee

    Thanks for your interest. Of course you can share our information.

    kind regards




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