On Monday, 25 November 2013, young Griffon Vulture from Ostrava Zoo, took his journey to the Green Balkans Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Raptor will be released back into the wild within Vultures Return reintroduction program coordinated by Green Balkans. This is a two year bird (born in Ostrava 5 May 2012), which is the first Griffon Vulture in the history of the Ostrava Zoo that has been released for the restoration program.
Young vulture will spend the winter in quarantine aviary at Rescue Centre Green Balkans in Stara Zagora. At the moment, a group of about 35 griffon vultures, that were imported from Spain, makes him company. The whole group will move in the spring of the following year to one of the four adaptation aviaries spaced throughout the Stara Planina mountain. After several months of stay in the local adaptation aviary, the Griffon Vultures will be released in their former ranges in the Balkan Mountains.