The VCF organized one more time a transport of black vultures from Spain to France. These eight vultures were donated by the Junta de Andalucía for the reintroduction project in France. All these birds, of wild origin, had entered wildlife recovery centers in Andalusia (CREAs) after being picked up exhausted or weak, and will now be released back in the wild in Verdon and Baronnies, as part of the reintroduction projects there. The actual transport was organized between VCF, AMUS (Acción por el Mundo Salvaje), Vautours en Baronnies and LPO-PACA.
The reintroduction project in France was initiated in 1988, in the Grand Causses region, where 53 individuals were released between 1992 and 2004. In 2004, the NGOs ‘Vautours en Baronnies’ and ‘Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux’ (LPO-PACA) started other reintroduction programmes in the Pre-Alps mountain areas of the Baronnies and Verdon, respectively, where another 70-80 individuals have been released so far. These projects have been extremely successful and resulted in the establishment of a breeding populations in all three sites, currently totaling 35 breeding pairs (data source: VEB-LPO PACA-LPO GC-PNA Vautour Moine). This reintroduction project is about to finish, as the populations seem to be self-sustainable and doing well.
The VCF would like to thank the Junta de Andalucía for this generous donation, AMUS for taking care of the vultures before their transport to France, and for helping organizing the transport, and to our French partners (Vautours en Baronnie and LPO-PACA) for the impressive vulture conservation work.