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Workshop on the captive breeding of the Egyptian Vulture shares expertise and best practices

Workshop on the captive breeding of the Egyptian Vulture shares expertise and best practices

21.06.2018
A workshop on the captive breeding of the Egyptian vulture was held between 14th and 18th of May in Semproniano, Italy.

Host of the meeting was LIFE project „Measures for the conservation of the Egyptian vulture in Italy and the Canary Islands“. The workshop was attended by experts from CERM – endangered raptors centre, The Pargue Zoo, Izrael Nature and Parks Authority, BSPB and Green Balkans, Vulture Conservation Foundation.

The 2 main goals of the workshop were to (1) share best practices for the captive-breeding of the Egyptian Vulture such as facilities for the captive breeding, management of captive Egyptian vultures, management of reproductive EV adults, experience of participating parties; (2) to build a common strategy to improve the conservation status of the EV through captive breeding and restocking programs.

The LIFE project Egyptian vulture New LIFE was presented by the BSPB and Green Balkans who will introduce a restocking program for the species in Bulgaria in the next 5 years. Both LIFE projects forsee releases of captive bred birds and a strategy for collaboration concerning the exchange of birds, the number of birds to be released in Bulgaria and Italy and common rules were set. The two LIFE projects aim to conserve the endangered populations of the Egyptian vulture in the Apennine and the Balkans peninsula through the implementation of urgent measures such as the restocking program.