The highlights of the VCF year


2015 was a busy year at the VCF. Some highlights…



-20 bearded vultures fledged in the wild in the Alps - a new record!



-First successful breeding of bearded vulture in Andalucía in 32 years! Esperanza! (see video)



-15 bearded vultures from our captive breeding network released in three reintroduction projects (Andalusia, Grands Causses/Corridor, Alps)



-Very successful captive-breeding season in the bearded vulture EEP – 26 young vultures survived



-Successful breeding of griffon vultures in the central Balkan Mountains following reintroduction with birds from Spain



-6 captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in southern Italy in a pilot project, six overwintering Egyptian vultures tagged in Extremadura, wintering population there accurately mapped (+100 individuals)



 - Effects of toxic substances and pathogens on the Egyptian Vultures in Europe researched



-European decision makers acknowledge that veterinary diclofenac causes a risk to vultures and demand extra mitigation measures



-More black vultures transported to France for the successful reintroduction there



-International Species Action Plans: Egyptian vulture plan current implementation evaluated, bearded vulture plan updated



-Breakthrough in the lead poisoning issue in France – commitment to progress from relevant stakeholders in the French Alps



-Thousands of people sharing the beauty – and the plight - of vultures through our communication channels



Thank you for your support. The team at the Vulture Conservation Foundation wishes you a Happy New Year!




Video courtesy of Francisco Montoro, a passionate vulture watcher from Andalusia. Gracias Paco!


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  • #1

    Richard PRIME (Thursday, 31 December 2015 10:02)

    Thank YOU for the very fine work you do for all our vulture friends!
    Hope 2016 is even more successful!


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