Monk vulture released
The monk vulture ‘Burgers’ Zoo’ hatched at the end of May 2011 in Arnhem. Its sex is as yet unknown, not yet determined by DNA test. The bird was crated and taken south to be released together with a monk vulture born in France.
Before being released, a number of the vultures’ feathers are bleached to allow the birds to be recognised easily in the first weeks. A transmitter is also attached to the tail feathers.
The circumstances for the vultures in their mountainous habitat in the Verdon have improved in the last number of years. The local population has been better educated about the birds. Livestock corpses are now put out for the vultures, and there have been fewer poisonings by farmers. The French government works closely with the European zoo monk vulture breeding programme.