The Review of the 2017 Financial Year

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The conservation of vultures does require some funds – to pay for the food given to the bearded vultures in our captive-breeding network (at the base of the successful reintroduction projects), the salary of the staff that communicate about our work or manages our finances and reports, or to purchase the tags that we put on vultures to know more about their movements, use of habitat and also threats.

Throughout 2017 we were supported in our work to conserve Europe’s four species of vultures by grant making bodies and donations from the public – a summary of our total income and expenditure can be found in our 2017 Financial Review.


In total the Vulture Conservation Foundation had a total income of €752,066, with 84 percent coming from successful applications to grant making bodies such as the MAVA Foundation and the EU LIFE programme. The remaining income was the result of other smaller projects, and donations from the public, corporations and zoos.

Our work

In 2017 this income has allowed us to carry out work that will help us achieve our mission of recovery of the four vulture species in Europe by initiating, facilitating and supporting conservation actions and research. 

Over the year some of the highlights of our work have included:

  • Completing and facilitating the formal approval of the Vulture Multi-species Action Plan, the global conservation plan for vultures, that was endorsed by the Convention for Migratory Species last October (funded by the CMS).
  • Bringing many wildlife charities and governmental organizations together in five Balkan countries to tackle illegal wildlife poisoning, the biggest threat to vultures worldwide (funded by the MAVA Foundation). 
  • Tagging Egyptian vultures in the Douro Valley in Portugal (LIFE Rupis, funded by the EU LIFE Fund and MAVA Foundation). 
  • Transporting cinereous vultures from Spain to Bulgaria in preparation for the reintroduction of the species to the country since they were declared extinct 
  • Coordinating the Bearded Vulture Captive Breeding Network EEP of 36 zoos, breeding centres and private collections (funded by 17 different zoos of this network)

Our supporters

The vital work of the VCF would not be made possible without the generous support of grant making bodies, charities, governmental organisations, zoos and private individuals from all across Europe and we extend many thanks to all those who have supported us.

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