This cycling race – the 4th most popular in the world – is known for its gruelling mountain stages in the Alps. Maybe this year the cyclists may spot the odd bearded vulture (see race poster) – the VCF and its partners have certainly been working hard to restore the population of this species in the Alps , following extinction in 1913. Now there are 33 pairs across the alpine chain, of which 10 in France.
Cyclists can also see a bearded vulture just after crossing today´s finishing line in Villars les Dombes – the 2nd stage of the race finishes right in front of Parc des Oiseaux, the newest partner in our bearded vulture captive breeding network. Parc des Oiseaux has built a brand new aviary, and will receive soon a bearded vulture pair, and thus will contribute and participate in our programme. Bienvenu Parc des Oiseaux!