WHY PROTECT VULTURES?
Vultures often get a bad reputation and are perceived as lowly scavengers, but they play a crucial role in the environments in which they live. Known as ‘nature’s clean-up crew’, these scavengers do the dirty work of cleaning up after death, helping to keep ecosystems healthy and providing significant socioeconomic value to local communities.
Here at the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), we are sustainably growing our conservation work to protect Bearded Vultures, Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vultures and Cinereous Vultures to ensure that they have a bright future in Europe.
We own most of the Bearded Vultures in captivity in the world and collaborate with over 40 zoos and breeding centres to coordinate the captive breeding of Bearded Vultures in Europe. Captive breeding plays a vital role in reintroduction programmes.
We closely monitor all of Europe's vulture species to study and understand their behaviour to help inform more accurate conservation actions. This includes tagging many individuals with GPS tags.
We are involved in multiple reintroduction-restocking projects to bring species back in areas where they disappeared or boost local populations across Europe for the Bearded Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Griffon Vulture and Egyptian Vulture.
Apart from following vulture research outputs to inform current and future conservation strategies, our staff and board members are leading scientists shaping vulture conservation research.
We mitigate the threats European vultures face head-on through executing concrete conservation actions, developing action plans and sharing our expertise.
Strengthening national capacities to fight wildlife poisoning and raise awareness about the problem across seven Balkan countries.
Reintroducing Bearded Vultures to the Massif Central and the Pre-Alps to help connect their populations from the Alps to the Pyrenees to restore the species’ former range.
Supporting the recovery and expansion of the only Cinereous Vulture colony in the Balkans and Bulgaria’s last population of Griffon Vultures in the Rhodope Mountains.
Reducing Egyptian Vulture mortalities and improving breeding success in the Douro Valley, one of the most important areas for this species in Europe.
LIFE with Vultures
Tackling key threats and restocking the Griffon Vulture population in Cyprus to save them from extinction and create a sustainable population.
Morocco: will Griffon Vultures fledge in the wild this year?
Encouraging news from Morocco, as new Griffon Vultures (Gyps …
Back from extinction: First results from the Cinereous Vulture reintroduction and release programme in Bulgaria
A newly published article presents the historic reintroduction of the Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius …
Telemetry study reveals the challenges and possibilities of creating Vulture Safe Zones in Africa
Protected areas (PAs) are crucial tools for biodiversity conservation, …
A new Cinereous Vulture breeding pair confirmed at Herdade da Contenda during the LIFE Aegypius Return auditor visit
For two days, partners of the LIFE Aegypius Return project gathered …