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An Egyptian Vulture visited the new supplementary feeding site in the Eastern Balkan Mountains

25.05.2017
The feeding site was constructed in September 2016 with the kind cooperation of Zoo Praha and the City of Prague, especially for the conservation of this critically endangered species.

The supplementary feeding site for Egyptian Vultures in the area of the village of Partizani, Eastern Balkan Mountains was constructed in September 2016 with the financial support of Prague Zoo and City of Prague. The construction was coordinated with the North-Eastern State Forestry Enterprise and the Tsonevo State Forestry Department, following an initial survey of three prospect locations of the feeding site. Various factors, such as terrain, accessibility, proximity to some of the last remaining nests of Egyptian Vultures in the area and distance from potential competitor species were considered for the selection of the site. After a series of test feedings, at the end, the supplementary feeding site was constructed in the end of September 2016, when the birds were still in their winter quarters.


Our team was eagerly awaiting their return to make sure that the site had selected was going to really be beneficial for the vultures. Fortunately, the photo-trap set on site, has captured the visit of an adult specimen. We hope that one the site starts operating on a regular basis, the Egyptian Vulture visits will become more frequent and we would therefore contribute to the conservation of this critically endangered species, especially at the time of its return, raising of the chicks or their preparation for migration.

We would keep you updated!

For additional information: Elena Kmetova - Green Balkans NGO, e-mail: ekmetova@greenbalkans.org

The supplementary feeding site has been constructed within the “Egyptian Vulture Conservation in the Balkans” project, funded by Prague Zoo and the City of Prague.