The Еnd of a Journey

The journey started in Extremadura, Spain and ended on the coast of the Caspian Sea in Iran. This is the story of Dzhuranli - a Black Vulture named after the famous Bulgarian village of Dzhuranli, now renamed Kalitinovo. The name brings honest, bravery and courage. In the Bulgarian history it is known for  the battle near Dzhuranli  during the Russian-Turkish war in 1877-1878.

The story of Dzhuranli the Black Vulture begins in Spain. He fell into a rescue center and after a successful treatment he was granted by the Government  of Extremadura, Spain to Bulgaria.

He arrived in Bulgaria in 2020. Pay attention to the date the bird was released in NP “Sinite kamani” – the 3rd  of March 2021. It is the national holiday of Bulgaria – at this day we celebrate the Day of Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman Dominion. 

In just a few months, Dzhuranli travelled thousands of kilometers searching for a place and a partner. 

His flight over the Aegean Sea is the most impressive – 352 kilometers from the island of Marmara to the peninsula of Sithonia. That is 220 kilometers continuous flight over the Aegean Sea in 7 hours – he has flyed at a speed of  79 km per hour.  Fortunatelly  the bird had a favourable wind  all day.

For two years, Dzhuranli flew through several countries in search of his place: Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran.

Colleagues from Romania, Ukraine and Moldova were actively involved in tracking the bird as it passed through their territories. The bird's presence in Romania caused a particularly big furore. Since then, its movements have been closely followed by Cornel Cotorogea, with whom we share our grief over the loss of this bird.

During the first 6 years of their life, black vultures "wander" in search of their own kind, a partner, a place to settle and create a family. We had high hopes that he would return and recognize Bulgaria as his place, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way.

Even at the end of his journey, Dzhuranli remained famous, uniting organizations, institutions and citizens of several countries in search of the truth about his death.

 We sincerely thank:

•Igor Karyakin and Ehsan Talebi, thanks to whom the connection with the responsible institution in Iran was made.;
• Mrs. Zahra Elahi Rad CMS Coordinator/ Ornithology Unit Officer, Wildlife Bureau, Iranian Department of Environment  who coordinated the discovery of the bird.
The remains of the bird were found at the site of the broadcast from the transmitter in Miankaleh wildlife refuge.
In the field, the remains were found and the situation was examined by rangers/representatives of the DoE (Department of Environment) of Islamic Republic of Iran

Additional information:
Ivelin Ivanov  - Manager of the project “Bright Future for the Black Vulture”
Mob.: +359887589995