Lhe Planckendael zoo announced on Tuesday the birth of three chicks among the black vultures. Two more could follow in the coming weeks, Mechelen Wildlife Park added in a press release.
“We are very satisfied, because thanks to our expertise and experience, we have been able to increase the breeding success of this endangered species. We are proud to announce the birth of three little vultures and even dare to hope that by the beginning of June, there will be five of them growing up with us,” commented bird curator Marleen Huyghe.
As holder of the herd book and coordinator of the breeding programme, Planckendael Zoo will release young black vultures into the wild as soon as nine chicks are counted in European animal parks.
A program of protection and repatriation made it possible to increase the number again. “Thanks to this special strategy, we can optimize the breeding period of our couples”, explained Marleen Huyghe. “On the one hand, we want to maintain the zoo population as a reserve for the wild population and, on the other hand, we want to ensure that endangered species have a new opportunity to be in their natural space. Thanks to local partners, we release young animals in Spain, France and Bulgaria. »
The Cinereous Vulture is an endangered species, although its range extends from Western Europe to China. In Asia, it is mainly threatened by the poisoned carcasses that the breeders deposit to fight against the predators. In Europe, the species had almost disappeared from its natural habitat, particularly in the Pyrenees.