Israel's griffon vultures get new lease of life

Bring back the vultures

Israel’s griffon vulture population

has fallen below 180

due to accidental poisoning and urbanization

The ‘Under our Wing’ project

raises vultures in captivity

They are eventually released into the desert

with tracking tags for monitoring

(SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) NIKITA PODOBREYEV, RANGER AT ISRAEL NATURE AND PARKS AUTHORITY, SAYING:

"Right now we are at a place where we can see the vultures and part of my job, beyond being a ranger at a national park or nature reserve, is to track and survey the nesting of the vultures, the nesting cycle, and generally evaluate the population and look at it in order to know what is going on. These are part of the things we do in the project to preserve the vultures."