Zoo Artis has put out two young griffon vultures this weekend in Sardinia. One of the vultures became known last year because the animal was hatched and raised by two males. The other vulture is the pup of two vultures that were injured in the wild in Spain and could no longer be released.
The Amsterdam Zoo is participating in a project that reintroduces griffon vultures into Sardinia. Their number there had declined since the 1970s because farmers put poisoned carcasses on their land to kill predators. As scavengers the griffon vultures were also the victim of this.
Meanwhile, the griffon vultures are doing better, but protection remains important. The bird is now faced with new threats, such as collision with eating cadavers on the road or injuries by electricity lines.
Within the nature project 'Life Under Griffon Wings' a total of sixty griffon vultures are being expelled, of which last weekend the two from Artis. At the same time as the Amsterdam birds, ten other griffon vultures from zoos in Europe were released.