All well and good and the VCF do fantastic work but it must be remembered that the Cyprus vultures have been forced to imminent extinction by human ignorance and arrogance…. Keep up the good work VCF!
Through the LIFE with Vultures project, about 25 Spanish Griffon Vultures will be released in Cyprus to restock the remaining population and help reach at least 45 birds by the end of the project in 2023. The Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) has extensive experience and expertise in restocking vulture populations of various species and in different regions.
Spain donates young Griffon Vultures to the project
Spain is the ideal country to donate birds as it boasts the healthiest European vulture population, hosting 90-95% of all vultures in the continent, with Griffon Vulture pairs numbering 30,000. Every year, Griffon Vultures that hatch in the wild in Extremadura, Spain, need rescuing after suffering from malnutrition and weakness. These young and inexperienced birds get a second chance at life as they are retrieved and transferred to the wildlife rehabilitation centres, where dedicated teams nurse them back to health for their eventual release into the wild. In collaboration with us at the VCF, the Junta de Extremadura donated 15 young Griffon Vultures to the project this year, which entered the wildlife rehabilitation centre AMUS to spend the pre-transport quarantine period in the centre’s specialised facilities and undergo some further health checks before their departure. From there, the vultures will cover more than 4,000 until they reach their new home.