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First success in captive breeding of a species extinct from Bulgaria [ 2012-05-15 ] print Bookmark and Share
The ever-growing family of fluffy chicks of the Rescue Centre has recently increased with an extra member. The new one is extremely valuable as it is a Saker Falcon chick – a species already extinct from Bulgaria.

The youngster’s parents are Slovakian. Earlier this year they were transported to the Wildlife Rescue Centre within the “Saker Falcon in Bulgaria – research and conservation” Project. Among the aims of the project is restoring the species in Bulgaria.

The hatching of the first Saker Falcon chick in Bulgaria for the past decades of course went through a number of challenges.
The laying of eggs itself was a challenge. In addition to that, soon after the pair started incubating we had to interfere and place the eggs in an incubator, due to the abnormal behavior of the male. Unfortunately only a single chick hatched from all collected eggs. It is now a week-old and under the everyday care of the Rescue Centre team...

Additional information for the species:

The last confirmed breeding of a Saker Falcon in Bulgaria was an unsuccessful attempt recorded in 1998. Since then for the past 14 years there have been no confirmed nests of the species and the Saker is currently considered either fully extinct or breeding in critically low numbers of 0-3 pairs.

The project is carried out by the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research and Green Balkans – Stara Zagora, funded by International Wildlife Consultants (UK) Ltd. and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

Dimitar Ragyov, project manager
E-mail:; phomne: +359 898585553

Ivailo Klisurov – Wildlife Rescue Centre manager, Green Balkans
E-mail:, phone: +359 886570052

Karney Karneev – captive breeding coordinator, Wildlife Rescue Centre, Green Balkans
E-mail:, phone: + 359 882707035

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Preparation for feeding Here the chick is only several hours old and the first feeding is yet to come *** The first feeding is the most difficult one as the chick is still unstable and insecure
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*** After that, however, things get easier, while food gets tastier :)) The weight of the chick is follwed at every step ***
article image article image article image the feeding continues... Already three days old! ...and its apetite is significantly greater!

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