04. 07. 2022
Confiscated Egyptian vultures fly from Beirut to Prague
Last September, our Bird Guards, together with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF) and the Anti-Poaching Unit (APU), rescued three extremely rare Egyptian Vultures from a private zoo in Lebanon.
After several months in a sanctuary, a male was released in Naqoura, the southernmost point of Lebanon, in November 2021. As his two conspecifics are too badly injured to be released, these birds were flown out to the Czech Republic last week, where they will be integrated into the EU-funded conservation breeding programme at Prague Zoo. Egyptian vultures are considered endangered worldwide. The rescue operation was part of our major campaign against illegal bird hunting and wildlife trafficking in Lebanon, organised by CABS and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL).