The Balkan population of Egyptian vultures has dropped by 80% in the last 30 years – sadly only 70 pairs remain. Illegal wildlife trafficking is a big problem here: young chicks and eggs are stolen from their nests, while older birds are poached and stuffed as ‘trophies’ for sale on the black market.
Our Bulgarian partner Birdlife Bulgaria is leading an international project to combat the illegal poisoning, shooting and trafficking of Egyptian Vultures in the Balkans and along the flyways. BSPB and its partners will create ‘Vulture Safe Zones’ by clearing areas of poisoned baits and ensuring the availability of safe food.
If you want to stay up-to-date with this inspiring work – and learn more about BSPB’s exciting vulture breeding program – check out the project website: www.lifeneophron.eu
Source: Birdlife Europe and Central Asia