There is no doubt: Diego is the Egyptian vulture who holds the staff of the LIFE Egyptian vulture most in suspense, who monitors his movements and all the fans who follow his wanderings around the world.
There is no doubt: Diego is the Egyptian vulture who holds the staff of the LIFE Egyptian vulture most in suspense, who monitors his movements and all the fans who follow his wanderings around the world. Diego’s history is long and full of surprising journeys. Born at the CERM Centro Rapaci Threatened in 2018 and released in Basilicata in August 2019, Diego spent the first two winters of his life in Sicily and then returned to the release area at the beginning of the following springs. While throughout the spring and summer 2020 period he had remained wandering between Basilicata and Puglia, in April 2021, as soon as he arrived from Sicily, he had made a short visit to the feeding station of the Natural Park of the Murgia Materana (where he had been freed two years earlier ) and then he embarked on an incredible journey that had led him to cross the Adriatic Sea and visit 12 nations of Central Eastern Europe, covering over 19,000 km in less than six months.
On September 10th 2021, Diego left the Greek region of Peloponnese and reached Africa, going into this continent until he arrived in Chad on September 16th, after having covered 2,900 km in several stages (including a 440 km flight over the sea between Greece and Libya).
On April 15th 2022 Diego left Chad and moved north, crossing Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. On May 13th he left Cap Bon, in Tunisia, and after a 153 km long flight over the sea, which lasted four hours, he arrived in Sicily; from here he quickly went up the peninsula to “go home”: on May 15th 2022 a camera trap portrayed him wandering around the feeding station in the Murgia Materana Park, managed by De Rerum Natura sas on behalf of the Basilicata Region.
Now he mainly frequents the Natural Park of Murgia Materana and its surroundings but he also patrols the area that houses the additional feeding station of the SAC / SPA Area delle Gravine, built by the Puglia Region and managed by LIPU.
From April the 15th, the date of his departure from Chad, to May the 24th, 2022, Diego has covered over 10,000 km.