Two Egyptian Vultures by the names of Regina and Elodie have a new home in Bulgaria. According to Austrian media reports, the two beautiful birds were returned to the wild at Bulgaria’s Rusenski Lom Nature Park. In addition, one male Egyptian Vulture from France was taken to the same park.
The Austrian daily “Der Standard” quoted the director of the Schönbrunn Zoo, Dagmar Schratter, who said Egyptian Vultures were an endangered species and their numbers had decreased substantially, to about 30,000 animals. As part of a large project, remaining birds of this species are supposed to be returned to the wild in Bulgaria. She also said it was part of her zoo’s responsibility to preserve faunal species.
The location in Bulgaria was chosen, since there are a couple of older vultures in the area, who might help the younger ones to find food and to fly towards Africa in winter.
Regina and Elodie, the two birds from Austria, were outfitted with satellite transmitters. That way, their movements can be registered. The Schönbrunn Zoo has returned birds to the wild before.