In the last few days, a team of BSPB prepared the Egyptian Vulture adaptation aviary in the Eastern Rhodopes to host the next class of vulture “students”. The aviary was cleaned and disinfected, and the grass was cut short. The video surveillance and antipredator system around the feeding station were maintained.

Next week, the Egyptian Vulture School will accept its new “pupils,” seven young Egyptian Vultures who will spend two months of adaptation and training to become wild vultures and be released into nature. Three of the Egyptian Vultures are captive-bred and donated from zoos in Europe, and the other four individuals were rescued as nestlings from wild nests in the Eastern Rhodopes last year and were raised in the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center – Green Balkans.

These activities are part of the long-term Restocking programme for the endangered Egyptian Vultures in the Balkans, which BSPB leads in partnership with the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center of Green Balkans and the Egyptian Vulture European Endangered Species Programme(EEP) of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).