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Yerevan Zoo’s Bearded vultures are breeding
Yerevan Zoo in Armenia has been always known for its presentation of South-Caucasian wildlife species. Namely the zoo’s birds department stands out with two huge and many smaller aviaries for Egyptian, Bearded, Cinereous and Griffon vultures. All these birds are registered in the Armenian Red Book. Nevertheless these species still occur in Armenia’s mountainous wilderness but – due to habitat destruction and poaching - the numbers of wild vultures are generally decreasing.
In the middle of November 2013 the Zoo staff had prepared a natural cave for the Bearded vultures. Later in December the couple started to prepare a nest with provided materials, such as sheep wool, branches etc. And on January 25th it was discovered that the Bearded vultures had laid a clutch of two eggs.
Yerevan Zoo keeps three Beaded vultures, two males and one female. The origins of the birds are not clear most probably they were caught in the wild by local villagers and sold to the zoo.
New guidelines were presented complying with international standards which initiated the development of a master plan for the 75 years old zoo. The on-going overall transformation process aims to create a zoo that can serve Armenia and the entire South-Caucasus region as a “Regional Centre for Environmental Education and Biodiversity Conservation”.
The new focus of the zoo is the breeding and – wherever possible – reintroduction of local species into the wild. The transformation process is strongly supported by ARTIS Royal Zoo Amsterdam. In 2012 Yerevan Zoo became a candidacy member of the European Association for Zoo and Aquaria (EAZA).
In case the Bearded vulture pair breeds successfully they can become the ancestors of a hopefully long term reintroduction program. But until this vision becomes real, Yerevan Zoo for now is impatiently awaiting to welcome a young Bearded vulture chick!
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