Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus)

Common name in other languages:

Dutch Vale Grier; German Gansegeier; French Vautour Fauve; Spanish Buitre Leonado; Portuguese Grifo; Swedish Gasgam

Size: 95-110 cm

Weight: 6-11 kg

Wingspan: 240-280 cm

Life expectancy: up to 37 years in captivity

 

Features: The Griffon vulture is sand-coloured to dark brown, with a white head, neck and ruff. The primary- and tail feathers are dark brown to black. Young birds have a brown ruff and are darker in colour. The wings are long and wide and are resemble fingers.

 

Distribution: Following a decline in the 20th century by poisoning, hunting and decreasing of food supplies, in recent year the species has increased dramatically in some areas, particularly in Spain, the French Pyrenees and Portugal. In Europe, the breeding population is between 19.000 and 21.000 pairs, with around 17.500 pairs in Spain and approximately 600 in France.

 

Behaviour: The Griffon vulture feeds mainly on the softer parts of carcasses, such as the muscles and viscera. Because of it’s long neck, this species can reach far into the carcass without snagging. Griffon vultures are very social in comparison to other vulture species. They forage in groups and breed in colonies on steep cliffs.

 

Wed

16

Oct

2019

Rescued Griffon Vulture in Cyprus: rehabilitated and ready for release

The young Griffon Vulture in the aviary (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
The young Griffon Vulture in the aviary (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Fri

11

Oct

2019

Tackling the threat of electrocution in the Eastern Rhodopes to protect vultures

(c) Atanas Delchev/BSPB
(c) Atanas Delchev/BSPB
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Mon

07

Oct

2019

An overview of the European Vulture Conference

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Wed

02

Oct

2019

Day 2 of the European Vulture Conference

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Tue

01

Oct

2019

Day 1 of the European Vulture Conference

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Thu

26

Sep

2019

Dr Orr Spiegel will share his insights on vulture foraging movements during his keynote presentation at the European Vulture Conference

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Tue

24

Sep

2019

The European Vulture Conference is a week away - what to expect

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Fri

13

Sep

2019

Stranded young Griffon Vulture rescued at Episkopi Bay (Cyprus)

Stranded Griffon Vulture at Episkopi (c) BirdLife Cyprus
Stranded Griffon Vulture at Episkopi (c) BirdLife Cyprus
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Thu

12

Sep

2019

Dr François Sarrazin will give a keynote presentation on the restoration and conservation of scavenger populations during the European Vulture Conference

Cinereous and Griffon vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous and Griffon vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

07

Sep

2019

Get to know Europe's vultures - key facts and conservation

Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Europe's vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

03

Sep

2019

Record of Griffon Vultures breeding in the Eastern Alps

Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Oliver Burton
Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Oliver Burton
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Tue

27

Aug

2019

Together we can save vultures

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Fri

23

Aug

2019

International cooperation returned Griffon Vulture Dobrila home

Dobrila (c) Zoran Karic
Dobrila (c) Zoran Karic
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Sat

17

Aug

2019

New feeding station in Serbia aims to improve food opportunities for vultures

Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
Building the feeding station in Pešter (c) Milorad Babic
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Thu

01

Aug

2019

Announcing the Scientific Programme of the European Vulture Conference

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Thu

25

Jul

2019

Let's be clear, objective and factual: Vultures do not normally kill cattle and are very useful for the livestock breeder

Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

23

Jul

2019

Five Griffon Vultures tagged in Western Iberia to reveal feeding behaviour

Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

20

Jul

2019

4 Vultures - Photography Contest

Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

16

Jul

2019

Restoring natural feeding scenarios for Cinereous Vultures in Spain

Cinereous Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Cinereous Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Fri

12

Jul

2019

Griffon Vulture Kvarner enjoys his freedom and adventures once again

Kvarner enjoying his freedom after the release (c) Mario Romano
Kvarner enjoying his freedom after the release (c) Mario Romano
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Tue

09

Jul

2019

LIFE RE-Vultures can now track the movements of two more juvenile Griffon Vultures

Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
Juvenile Griffon Vultures often reach Syria, Israel Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. (c) AtanasDelchev/BSPB
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Thu

04

Jul

2019

First recorded fatality from lead poisoning for Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria

The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
The dead Griffon Vulture (c) BSPB
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Tue

02

Jul

2019

Thirteen more Griffon Vultures are freed in Sardinia

One of the released Griffon Vultures (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
One of the released Griffon Vultures (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Thu

27

Jun

2019

Keynote Speaker, Dr Olivier Duriez, will discuss the flight and foraging decision making in Griffon Vultures at the European Vulture Conference

Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Wed

19

Jun

2019

Latest victims of irresponsible human activities

The dead Cinereous vulture (c) Colectivo Azálvaro
The dead Cinereous vulture (c) Colectivo Azálvaro
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Tue

18

Jun

2019

Securing the future of vultures in Israel

Egyptian and Griffon Vulture chicks (c) Erez Erlichman
Egyptian and Griffon Vulture chicks (c) Erez Erlichman
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Mon

17

Jun

2019

Griffon Vulture pays a rare visit to Romania

The Griffon Vulture in Dumitresti village
The Griffon Vulture in Dumitresti village
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Wed

05

Jun

2019

How do vultures contribute to our environment?

Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

04

Jun

2019

Vulture Research Update: May 2019

Bearded Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Bearded Vulture (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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Mon

03

Jun

2019

Griffon Vulture Kupala rescued and released twice

Griffon Vulture Kupala (c) L. Gerlinde Hillebrand
Griffon Vulture Kupala (c) L. Gerlinde Hillebrand
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Fri

31

May

2019

Griffon Vulture conservation actions in Sardinia attracted Egyptian Vultures

Egyptian Vulture feeding in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Egyptian Vulture feeding in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Sat

25

May

2019

Harshest wildlife poisoning penalty in Spain's history

Dead Egyptian Vulture in one of the reserves. (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
Dead Egyptian Vulture in one of the reserves. (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
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Thu

23

May

2019

Griffon Vulture in Corsica falls victim to severe lead poisoning

X-ray showing two bullets and an ingested unknown metallic item (c) Cerba Vet
X-ray showing two bullets and an ingested unknown metallic item (c) Cerba Vet
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Mon

20

May

2019

Fantastic breeding results for Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria’s Eastern Rhodope Mountains

Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
Monitoring breeding Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (c) Dobromir Dobrev
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Fri

17

May

2019

Mass poisoning nearly wipes out Griffon Vulture population in Golan Heights

Eight Griffon Vultures found poisoned in the Golan Heights (c) Dudu Pils/Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Eight Griffon Vultures found poisoned in the Golan Heights (c) Dudu Pils/Israel Nature and Parks Authority
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Wed

08

May

2019

The Annual Alpine Griffon Vulture count taking place on Saturday 17 August

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Thu

18

Apr

2019

Another Griffon Vulture detained as a 'spy' in the Middle East

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Tue

09

Apr

2019

The adventures of Croatian Griffon Vulture Kvarner continues

Griffon Vulture Kvarner caught in flight during their travels in Italy (c) JU PRIRODA
Griffon Vulture Kvarner caught in flight during their travels in Italy (c) JU PRIRODA
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Thu

14

Mar

2019

New report highlights the continued threat of illegal killing to vultures in Albania

Griffon Vulture in north Albania trapped and kept as a pet (c) Albanian Ornithological Society
Griffon Vulture in north Albania trapped and kept as a pet (c) Albanian Ornithological Society
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Tue

12

Mar

2019

Record number of breeding pairs of Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria

A nesting pair of Griffon Vultures at the Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, Bulgaria (c) Green Balkans
A nesting pair of Griffon Vultures at the Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, Bulgaria (c) Green Balkans
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Wed

06

Mar

2019

Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge continue to make a comeback

One of the tagged Griffon Vultures at Kresna Gorge  (c) Hristo Peshev
One of the tagged Griffon Vultures at Kresna Gorge (c) Hristo Peshev
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Thu

21

Feb

2019

Europe’s Griffon Vultures begin the egg laying in the 2019 breeding season

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Tue

05

Feb

2019

Griffon Vultures are on their way to Sardinia from Spain as part of the final transport to restock the threatened population on the island

One of the Griffon Vultures at the wildlife recovery centre managed by AMUS
One of the Griffon Vultures at the wildlife recovery centre managed by AMUS
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Tue

29

Jan

2019

A 2018 Survey of Griffon Vultures in Andalucía reveals the population continues to grow across the region

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Sat

26

Jan

2019

The adventures of Bulgarian Griffon Vulture Kaya in the Middle East continues 

Griffon Vulture Kaya sharing a meal with a fox in January 2019 at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (c) Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/Israel Nature & Parks Authority
Griffon Vulture Kaya sharing a meal with a fox in January 2019 at the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve (c) Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/Israel Nature & Parks Authority
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Thu

20

Dec

2018

11 more Griffon Vultures released in Sardinia helping boost the population

Griffon Vulture released in Sardinia on 11 December 2018 (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Griffon Vulture released in Sardinia on 11 December 2018 (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Mon

17

Dec

2018

Griffon Vulture shot in Montenegro: vultures continue to be persecuted

Griffon vulture Perun (c) Beli Visitor Centre and Griffon Vulture Rescue Centre
Griffon vulture Perun (c) Beli Visitor Centre and Griffon Vulture Rescue Centre
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Mon

10

Dec

2018

Two young griffon vultures released back into the wild in Sardinia

Rescued Griffon vulture released in Sardinia with GPS transmitter (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Rescued Griffon vulture released in Sardinia with GPS transmitter (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Tue

27

Nov

2018

The 24th Meeting of the French Vulture Network

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Thu

22

Nov

2018

New research review reveals the extent of lead contamination in wild vultures.

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Tue

20

Nov

2018

Griffon vultures Arda and Kaya take a remarkable jounrey south from the Eastern Rhodope Mountains

(c) BSPB
(c) BSPB
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Tue

06

Nov

2018

Working to save vultures in the Balearics

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Mon

22

Oct

2018

Results from the 2018 griffon vulture Alpine census - 1873 birds counted

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Sat

20

Oct

2018

22 year old Griffon vulture visits supplementary feeding station in Portugal

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Mon

15

Oct

2018

Understanding and tackling the electrocution and collision threats to vultures - Andalusia seminar

Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
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Fri

12

Oct

2018

The extraordinary 170km flight of Griffon vulture Kvarner

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Tue

09

Oct

2018

Population of griffon vultures increases in Sardinia - read all about it in the latest LIFE Under Griffon Wings newsletter

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Mon

08

Oct

2018

Dead Griffon vulture emphasises the need for proper site selection of wind farms in Thrace, Greece

The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
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Fri

28

Sep

2018

POISON KILLS! A new LPO publication helping to fight illegal wildlife poisoning in the French Pyrenees

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Fri

21

Sep

2018

12 more griffon vultures released in Sardinia to boost the local population

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Tue

11

Sep

2018

Vultures at risk from changes to regulations in Spain’s Asturias region

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Fri

07

Sep

2018

A great breeding season for Balkan Griffon vultures

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Sat

01

Sep

2018

Why are vultures important?

Bearded vulture
Bearded vulture
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Fri

31

Aug

2018

LIFE Re-Vultures - Conserving Griffon and Cinereous vultures in the Balkans

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Mon

27

Aug

2018

Who are the Vulture Conservation Foundation?

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Sat

25

Aug

2018

One week to go to International Vulture Awareness Day!

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Mon

20

Aug

2018

New study reveals the impact of illegal poisoning in Greece

Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
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Thu

16

Aug

2018

Latest edition of the LIFE Re-Vultures newsletter

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Tue

14

Aug

2018

The amazing wanderings of Griffon vulture F75

Griffon vulture in the skies over the  Hohe Tauern National Park (C) Richard Straub
Griffon vulture in the skies over the Hohe Tauern National Park (C) Richard Straub
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Wed

01

Aug

2018

One month to go until International Vulture Awareness Day

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Wed

18

Jul

2018

Griffon vulture star in new children’s book The Revenge of the Servants of the Gods. 

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Mon

16

Jul

2018

Landmark Day for Croatian Griffon Vulture Conservation

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Sat

14

Jul

2018

Date Set for Annual Griffon Vulture Count in the Alps

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Fri

29

Jun

2018

Griffon vultures caught feeding at night for first time

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Sat

23

Jun

2018

Griffon vulture Malvasia flies free again

three Griffon vultures being released from crates with people looking on
Griffon vultures released at Monte Minerva, Sardinia
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Mon

18

Jun

2018

Griffon vulture released in Bulgaria spotted soaring above the French Alps

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Sat

09

Jun

2018

Croatia is preparing National Action Plan for the Griffon Vulture towards implementing the Vulture MsAP

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Tue

05

Jun

2018

The silent killer strikes again – at least 3 Griffon vultures found poisoned in Greece

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Sat

02

Jun

2018

Success from the Rehabilitation Centre for Griffon Vultures in Croatia

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Wed

16

May

2018

Fighting illegal poisoning of vultures in the Balkans - setting a baseline for anti-poisoning work in Albania

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Thu

03

May

2018

Helping vultures by reinforcing wild ungulates in Bulgaria – 138 deer have already been translocated to the Eastern Rhodopes as part of the LIFE RE Vultures

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Tue

01

May

2018

What are the released griffons in Sardinia up to? One of them went to visit the other side of the island – all maps are now on-line

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Sat

21

Apr

2018

Banning Diclofenac in Portugal – light at the end of the tunnel?

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Mon

16

Apr

2018

On the road in Bulgaria tonight

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Mon

16

Apr

2018

14 griffons successful released in Sardinia to restock the threatened local population

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Sat

07

Apr

2018

One griffon possibly down in Saudi Arabia - while another is held hostage in Iraq

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Mon

26

Mar

2018

New children's book features a Griffon vulture as one of the main characters

Illustration by Emily Chan Moore from the book "The Servants of the Gods" by Judy Brulo
Illustration by Emily Chan Moore from the book "The Servants of the Gods" by Judy Brulo
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Sat

13

Jan

2018

Two griffons born in Amsterdam zoo transported to Sardinia to restock the wild population

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Wed

10

Jan

2018

Why do foraging Spanish vultures stop at the border with Portugal? Because of different sanitary policies!

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Sat

06

Jan

2018

Rehabilitated griffons returned to the wild in southern Portugal

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Thu

04

Jan

2018

10 year old Spanish griffon vulture found dead in Bulgaria

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Wed

03

Jan

2018

The VCF top stories for 2017

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Wed

20

Dec

2017

Another 22 griffon vultures sent from Spain for reintroduction in Bulgaria

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Tue

05

Dec

2017

One less griffon vulture in Cyprus – only 20 left on the island

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Mon

04

Dec

2017

The (happy?) tale of a griffon vulture in Sudan

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

Griffon vultures die electrocuted in the Italian Eastern Alps

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Mon

27

Nov

2017

Anti-poisoning dog unit from LIFE Grifone key to first ever judicial prosecution of a large-scale poisoning incident in Sardinia

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Sat

25

Nov

2017

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

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Wed

22

Nov

2017

The "silent killer" decimates vultures in the heart of Europe - at least 15 griffons poisoned in the mountains of Granada

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Wed

15

Nov

2017

Census of roosting griffon vultures in the Balkans – 25th November 2017

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