A great short film about the bearded vulture reintroduction and breeding project run by the VCF
Lizzie Daly is on a mission to tell the remarkable story of the return of the Bearded Vulture. We have long demonised the vultures of the world. That they are scavengers, predators, flying monsters. While they are often seen circling dying animals, they don’t deserve this bad reputation. Vultures are critical to their ecosystem and environment, providing important ecosystem services.
This short film is dedicated to the Vulture Conservation Foundation who are made up of an unwavering team of conservationists responsible for bringing back the Bearded Vulture from the edge of extinction. The Vulture Conservation Foundation was set up in 1978 to help restore natural numbers of this species, and that same year they released 22 Bearded Vultures across France and Spain. Today this breeding programme is still being used to help boost populations of Bearded Vulture across Europe.
Lizzie set out to the mountains of Spain to document this charismatic species while sharing the stories of the people responsible for bringing back this species from extinction in this region. The film meets Pakillo Rodriguez who raises Bearded Vulture chicks day in day out throughout the breeding season. We also meet with Alejandro Llopis Dell who has a unique but special relationship with Kazajo, an imprinted male.