29. 03. 2022
Griffon vulture rescue in Lebanon
As part of our spring campaign, our teams together with SPNL and the Lebanese MESHC Anti-Poaching Unit tracked down a Griffon vulture marked with rings from the ornithological station in Sofia, Bulgaria. Investigations revealed that the bird with the ring code "B6P" was ringed in 2018 as a young bird in a nest in Bulgaria and fitted with a GPS tracker. Based on the transmitter data received, it was previously assumed that the vulture was directly killed by poachers on its first journey to its wintering grounds in Syria in November 2018. Now it is clear: the rare bird survived and was subsequently brought to Lebanon, where now - three and a half years later – it was discovered alive by us in a zoo in Baalbek. The owner of the zoo agreed to hand over the bird to us. After examinations, the bird is likely to be released back into the wild.
Find out more about our bird protection operations in Lebanon here.