LIFE GypConnect - Restoration of connections between the Alpine and Pyrenean populations of bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus)

 

Implementation period: September 2015 to July 2021

 

Implementation area: Alps, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees (from the Pre-Alps to the Pyrenees via the Southern regions of the Massif Central)

 

Target Vulture species: Bearded Vulture

 

Summary

The LIFE GypConnect aims to establish a breeding population of bearded vultures in the Massif Central, as well as in the Pre-Alps, through reintroduction, and promoting dispersal movements between the Alps and the Pyrenean population.

 

This project is part of the VCF strategy to restore the species in western Europe, now that the Alpine population is firmly re-established, and with two pairs now breeding in in Andalucía (following extinction there in the 80s, and the start of the reintroduction project 10 years ago), this project aims to promote movements of the species between Iberia and the Alps, thus promoting gene flow, which will also help increasing the genetic diversity of the alpine population, and thus accelerate the end of the reintroduction project there.

 

Partners

Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) (leading partner), Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), LPO Aude, Parc National des Cévennes, The Vautours-en-Baronnies Association, Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Centre National d’Informations Toxicologiques Vétérinaires, ENEDIS

 

VCF main actions/activities in the project

  • Update the protocol and select the release sites;
  • Prepare a protocol and recommendations on natural rendering and “specific Bearded Vulture feeding sites”;
  • Bearded vulture captive breeding programme and release;
  • Rescue and recovery of birds in distress;
  • Monitoring of released birds through tagging and movement analysis, and through genetic monitoring of the population.

For more information, visit the GypConnect website

 

Relevant documents

La Plume du Life (Newsletter Nr. 1)
la_plume_du_life_no1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.8 MB
La Plume du Life (Newsletter Nr. 2)
la_plume_du_life_no2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.5 MB
La Plume du Life (Newsletter Nr. 3)
la_plume_du_life_no3.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.6 MB

News about the GypConnect project

Sat

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May

2018

Release season continues with another bearded vulture reintroduction in Andalusia (22nd May)

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2018

Bearded vulture reintroductions: New project in Maestrazgo kicks off in style

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May

2018

One more bearded vulture will be released tomorrow in Andalusia

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May

2018

Reintroducing bearded vultures to the wild – release season is starting this Sunday!

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Apr

2018

Breeding bearded vulture dies after colliding with cable in Vanoise - single partner continues to take care of the chick

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Apr

2018

Do we have a baby bearded vulture in the Écrins National Park (France)?

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Mon

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2018

Adult bearded vulture seen in Mt. Olympus (mainland Greece)

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05

Apr

2018

Tono and Blimunda do it again! Second bearded vulture hatched in the wild in Andalucía this year.

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Mon

02

Apr

2018

Fourth newsletter of the LIFE+ GYPCONNECT published – linking bearded vultures from the Alps to the Pyrenees

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Mar

2018

68 (Easter) eggs in the bearded vulture captive breeding season - but number of resulting chicks will be average

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Mar

2018

Palanfré - the white bearded vulture was found dead in Piemonte

Palanfré (c) Batti Gai
Palanfré (c) Batti Gai
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Mar

2018

Infogipeto - latest newsletter on the bearded vulture reintroduction project in the Alps just published (in Italian)

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Mar

2018

Bearded vulture census and symposium in Stelvio National Park (Italy) – celebrating an extraordinary human and conservation adventure!

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02

Mar

2018

Dispatches from the field: 3 pairs of bearded vultures incubating in Vanoise while breeding has been confirmed (at long last!) in the Écrins (Alps)

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Feb

2018

Mourning bearded vulture Durzon

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Feb

2018

Bearded vulture Roc Genèse is in Buseu!

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Feb

2018

When age does not matter – 48 years old bearded vulture is still breeding

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Fri

09

Feb

2018

An update on the bearded vulture captive-breeding season – lots of eggs, chicks hatching now

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Thu

08

Feb

2018

Good news from the Alps – early start of the breeding season and already two new pairs of bearded vultures!

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Tue

06

Feb

2018

Italy – bearded vulture symposium and field count in Stelvio to be organised in March

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Thu

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Feb

2018

Whooshh! An adult bearded vulture alights near a webcam in the Gran Paradiso National Park

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Mon

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Jan

2018

Bearded vultures - and one of the most remarkable wildlife comeback stories of our times - features in Geographical

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Sat

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Jan

2018

We have a baby! The first bearded vulture of the season hatched in Haringsee (Austria)

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Fri

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Jan

2018

Wild Pyrenean bearded vulture released back to the wild after successful rehabilitation in Vallcalent

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2018

Bearded vultures in the French Pyrenees safer from disturbance from helicopter overflights

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Fri

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2018

39 eggs and counting in the bearded vulture captive breeding network - like this one in La Garenne Zoo

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Wed

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Jan

2018

With more snowstorms coming to the Alps this week, bearded vultures are… breeding!

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Mon

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Jan

2018

29 eggs and counting – busy period in the bearded vulture captive breeding network!

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Jan

2018

Bearded vultures featured in Le Monde

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Wed

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Jan

2018

The VCF top stories for 2017

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Sat

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Dec

2017

Bearded vulture Adonis, the great traveler, is back in the Grands Causses!

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Dec

2017

1st egg of the 2017-2018 breeding season in the Bearded vulture captive breeding network

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Tue

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Nov

2017

New vulture trail and displays just opened in the Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors (French Alps)

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Nov

2017

Last chance to see the spectacular documentary on our LIFE GYPCONNECT on ARTE

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2017

Bearded vultures – and the LIFE GYPCONNECT– on the big screen – and in your living room

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Mon

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Nov

2017

4 Black vultures - and a potential bearded vulture - crossing the Gibraltar strait to Africa!

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Nov

2017

Bearded vultures in the Alps - come to Passy (Haute Savoie) next weekend (12th November) to participate in one of several public events

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Nov

2017

Finally flying - the harrowing story of the young bearded vulture Mison

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Wed

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Nov

2017

Three captive bearded vultures die because of West Nile virus - a serious threat for the International Bearded Vulture captive breeding program

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Mon

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Oct

2017

Perceptions of vultures in France: a sociological study

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Oct

2017

Great perspectives for vultures in France – 23ème Rencontre du Groupe Vautours

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Oct

2017

The saga of bearded vulture Flamadel – a huge veterinary challenge!

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Tue

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Oct

2017

The International bearded vulture observation day is this Saturday (7th October) – last chance for you to join us in the Alps!

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Sep

2017

Can´t miss it - the 2017 bearded vulture meeting is coming – 10-12 November, Passy, Haute-Savoie (French Alps)

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Sep

2017

Bearded vulture Lea is flying again in the Alps!

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Sep

2017

International Vulture Day is today – Post 2 – Bearded vulture – did you know…?

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Mon

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Aug

2017

Bearded vulture reintroduction projects 2017 - stories from the field I: the long flight of Durzon!

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Aug

2017

Looking back to another successful bearded vulture release season – but two birds unfortunately died

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Aug

2017

Bearded vulture seen in Poland

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Jul

2017

The bearded vulture in the French Pyrenees – 43 pairs last year, 44 this year, and an improvement of productivity after a decade of stagnation

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Jul

2017

Bearded vultures in the Alps – with 45 territories, another record-breaking breeding season

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Jul

2017

Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – lead-free pilot sites on the cards in the French Pyrenees

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Jul

2017

New paper – bearded vulture foraging behaviour in the Pyrenees unaffected by policy-driven carcass management measures

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Jun

2017

Unlikely heroes behind the bearded vulture captive breeding programme – Andreas Eder and the animal transport van from Schönbrunn Zoo

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Jun

2017

Guidelines for feeding bearded vultures in captivity are now also available in French

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Jun

2017

Looking for (bearded vulture) Kilian

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Jun

2017

5 more bearded vultures released back into the wild yesterday by VCF and its partners – 2 in Vercors (Pre-Alps), 2 in Corsica and 1 in Andalucia

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Wed

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May

2017

7th bearded vulture of 2017 to be released in Grands Causses tomorrow – 11 still to go!

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May

2017

Dutch birders get Lucky! Bearded vulture released in Austria last year delights birdwatchers across the Netherlands

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Tue

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2017

Bearded vultures Leoux & ProNatura released in Baronnies with hundreds of people celebrating one of the most remarkable wildlife comeback stories of our times

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May

2017

Two more bearded vultures will be released tomorrow in Baronnies – following the first successful release of the season in the Grands Causses on the 2nd of May

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May

2017

Breeding bearded vultures in captivity – in the words of a volunteer

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2017

Bearded vulture Roc Genèse came back to its natal area in the Pre-Pyrenees – his brother Flamadel could not be tagged

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Apr

2017

Reintroducing bearded vultures to the wild – first release of the Spring this week in the Grands Causses!

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Third newsletter of the LIFE+ GYPCONNECT published – linking bearded vultures from the Alps to the Pyrenees

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Easter eggs? Or how decades of experience contribute to breed bearded vultures in captivity for conservation

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Spectacular aerial duel between bearded vultures in the French Alps results in the death of one of them

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Bearded vultures in the Alps – on course for another record-breaking breeding season

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Bearded vulture “Lea” (released in Austria in 2015) has been recovered weakened in Temú (Italy), near National Park Stelvio – probably a victim of collision

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Mar

2017

Two pairs – and two chicks – in the bearded vulture reintroduction project in Andalusia!

Marchena (left) and Hortelano (right) flying together in their territory ® Paco Montoro
Marchena (left) and Hortelano (right) flying together in their territory ® Paco Montoro
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2017

Breeding bearded vultures for reintroduction: a tale of a successful adoption of hatchling in Guadalentin

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2016 bearded vulture captive breeding season annual report just published – record breaking season, 27 young produced & 17 reintroduced back to the wild

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How many bearded vultures are there in the Alps? See results from the 2016 International Observation day (simultaneous census)

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The young bearded vulture is now in the Netherlands...

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Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – The Cévennes National Park (France) is promoting lead-free hunting practices

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Young wandering bearded vulture still in Germany!

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Wed

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Infogipeto - latest newsletter on the bearded vulture reintroduction project in the Alps just published (in Italian)

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Bearded vultures in the Alps – looks like we are having another great breeding season!

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2017

Bearded vulture clutch extracted from a wild nest in Corsica again –  part of a plan to save this highly endangered population from extinction

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Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – National Park Hohe Tauern (Austria) is promoting lead-free hunting practices

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Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

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Mon

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And they are out - first two baby bearded vultures of the season hatched in Guadalentin

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Jan

2017

Tono and Blimunda lay an egg again in Andalusia – after the first ever successful breeding in the wild in 2015 following reintroduction, and after a gap in 2016

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Mon

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2017

New paper on ranging of Pyrenean bearded vultures: supplementary feeding not that important (at least for breeding adults), and half of home ranges outside PAs

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Bearded vulture captive breeding: Old ladies come to the rescue

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2017

Better and better at our bearded vulture captive breeding network – mortality rate decreases significantly while the average age at death increases!

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Mon

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2017

Girun and Volcaire doing well – and have been celebrated by a Côtes du Rhône wine!

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2017

News from LIFE GYPCONNECT: Bearded vulture Roc Genèse is a male, is now in Spain, and its parents are breeding again

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Bearded vultures in our captive breeding network kept laying eggs during Xmas and new Year!

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Tue

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Dec

2016

Adonis – the bearded vulture last recorded in Romania, where a beer was named after it, is now back in the French Pre-Alps!

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Fri

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Dec

2016

Bearded vultures in the Alps are also breeding!

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2016

First eggs of the season in the bearded vulture captive-breeding network!

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Dec

2016

The bearded vulture breeding season is starting across Europe´s mountain ranges!

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Dec

2016

After failing in the last 4 years, the only bearded vulture pair in Andorra successfully fledged a chick this year - see the incredible images

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Mon

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Nov

2016

Annual bearded vulture meeting 2016 – Conclusions

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Wed

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Nov

2016

Second newsletter of the LIFE+ GYPCONNECT published – linking bearded vultures from the Alps to the Pyrenees

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Tue

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Nov

2016

The 2016 Annual bearded vulture meeting a great success!

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Sun

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Oct

2016

New bearded vulture breeding season is just starting!

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Oct

2016

Cheers for Adonis – Romanian beer company makes a special edition named after the long staying bearded vulture

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Oct

2016

International observation day is this weekend – join us! Last year 700 volunteers counted ~190 bearded vultures, or 70% of the estimated Alpine population

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