Two young Bearded Vultures (Gypaetus barbatus), which hatched in late winter in the Zoological Garden in Ostrava, were released on Saturday, 19 May 2012 into the wild in the Italian Alps.
In agreement with the coordinator of breeding bearded vultures – Dr. Hans Frey, ALPI MARITTIME Nature Park in Italy became a new home for young predators.
Young predators are currently fine, staying close to releasing place from which they make only short trips around the neighborhood. Nature Park staff, along with volunteer guardians of nature, patrol the birds 24 hours a day.
Within the project "The Return of the Bearded Vulture into the Alps", Ostrava zoo has provided so far a total of seven chicks for release into the wild. The project aims to strengthen the wild population of this majestic alpine predator, which was in the past completely wiped out by a man.
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