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.


Diego the “tramp” continues his tour of Europe

The young Egyptian vulture Diego has been on an incredible and totally unexpected journey since the end of April 2021: a 13,200 km tour outside Italy that has taken him to visit or just fly over 13 European countries. The restless Egyptian vulture, who crossed the Adriatic Sea and reached the Balkans on 26 April, ... Read more

Lessons on Egyptian vultures to over 5,500 students from the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Government of the Canary Islands (Consejería de Transición Ecológica, Lucha contra el Cambio Climático y Planificación Territorial del Gobierno de Canarias), through the public company Gesplan (Gestión y Planeamiento Territorial y Medioambiental), held over 300 educational interventions and other training activities in order to introduce the Egyptian vulture (the ... Read more

Egyptian vulture’s marking campaign with GPS devices in the Canaries

Between 21 May and 4 June, a marking campaign of guirre’s specimens was carried out in the Canary Islands with GSM/GPRS GPS devices as part of the LIFE Egyptian vulture project. Under the direction of Dr. José Antonio Donázar, technicians from the Estación Biológica of Doñana-CSIC supported by the staff from GESPLAN and the Dirección ... Read more

Life Egyptian Vulture