Two more bearded vultures released yesterday in Andalusia

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This year a total of 6 bearded vultures will be released in Andalusia, as part of the reintroduction project there. Last weekend one bird named Larva was released in Cazorla, and yesterday two birds were released in mountains of Castril.

The two birds – a male bred in captivity in Bulgaria in the Green Balkans wildlife rehabilitation centre, and a female born in Chomutov zoo, were shown to the public in Castril (see photos).

el alcalde de Bedmar, la delegada del gobierno andaluz en Jaén, el presidente de la Diputación de Jaén y el delegado de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio.The bearded vulture reintroduction project in Andalusia (Sierras de Cazorla, Segura, Castril and Las Villas), led by the Junta de Andalucia, in collaboration with the VCF, started in 1996, with the first birds being released in 2006 – with the two released yesterday, a total of 48 birds have now been released there, and the species started to breed again in 2015. This year two pairs of bearded vultures are nesting in the wild, in another remarkable wildlife comeback.

The bearded vulture was widespread in the mountains of southern Spain until the 40s, but intense human persecution and widespread poisoning cause it to disappear from southern Iberia. The last confirmed breeding took place in Cazorla in 1983, and in 1986 the last adult also disappeared, but due to the efforts of the Junta de Andalusia, the Fondación Gypaetus and the VCF, the species is now back to southern Spain.

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