LIFE Egyptian vulture project

Measures for the conservation of the Egyptian vulture in Italy and in the Canary Islands

The project

Italy and the Canary Islands: Two very distant and very different places that are home to a small vulture – the Egyptian vulture – whose conservation is seriously threatened by various problems and anthropic factors common to both geographical areas.

The two small and isolated populations were affected by a progressive decline in the 20th century, which dramatically reduced the number of breeding pairs and their geographical territory.

The LIFE Egyptian vulture project was set up to implement concrete measures to help prevent the extinction of the Egyptian vulture in Italy and consolidate the recovery seen in the Canary Islands over the past two decades.


The sad and unsettling death of Tommy

Tommy, born at CERM and released in Basilicata on 16 August 2022, was most likely the victim of an act of poaching. The young Egyptian vulture disappeared in the stretch of sea separating western Sicily from Tunisia and his story, which appears somewhat unbelievable, could be indicative of a very serious, previously unimaginable phenomenon: the ... Read more

More bad news for Egyptian vultures

For those involved in the LIFE Egyptian Vulture Project, 2022 will be remembered as a grim year, in which several of the young birds released in Basilicata became victims of the greatest threats to the conservation of the Egyptian vulture. The bad news did not end with the poaching attack on Flora, perpetrated in the ... Read more

Two more Egyptian vultures freed in Italy in 2022

In August 2022 Tommy and Victor were released in Basilicata, in the Murgia Materana Park, they were both born at CERM Centro Rapaci Threatened at the beginning of June 2022. The release took place in the same area where four other young Egyptian vultures were released in May 2022.   Tommy was released on august ... Read more

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