Tuesday, May 24

The black vulture breeds in the hospital

The two specimens of black vulture in captivity at the AMUS hospital in Extremadura

The two specimens of black vulture in captivity at the AMUS hospital in Extremadura

The environmental association AMUS has achieved pairing two specimens of black vultures at the wildlife hospital, where the egg is now kept which could be the first step for captive reproduction of this species classified as vulnerable in the National Catalog of Threatened Species.

Ovoscopic controls indicate that the egg is fertilized. According to this NGO, the paired specimens are a black vulture that is missing a wing due to having collided with a power line, along with another specimen with another serious injury. both unviable in freedom. AMUS stands out, due to the inherent difficulties of individuals themselves as they are handicapped, their power of adaptation and hope in animals that can never be returned to nature.

At this time the egg has been removed from the couple and artificially managed using one of the incubators in the breeding department. The idea is to ensure the chick is born and once the first days of care are completed, it will be returned to its parents to complete the rearing.

Extremadura is the reference territory in the world for having the largest populations of black vulture. In our regional geography there are more than 900 couples (almost 38% of the total in the Iberian Peninsula) that settle in the Monfragüe National Park, the Sierra de San Pedro in Cáceres or the Natural Park of the International Tagus and the Sierra de Gata . The most buoyant colonies of one of the largest birds on the planet live and reproduce there, with a wingspan of almost three meters.

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Endangered Species

The black vulture is included in the IUCN World Red List of Threatened Species in the category of ‘near threatened’, basically due to the decline it suffered in the last century in most of the countries where it is distributed. In Spain it is included in the category of ‘Vulnerable’ in the Spanish Catalog of Threatened Species.

AMUS is located in Villafranca de los Barros and its wildlife hospital is located on a 1.5 hectare plot, just over 15,000 square meters, 4 km from the nearest town. This NGO, declared a public utility entity in 2017, has participated in different national and European projects for the benefit of ghouls for years.

However, the black vulture has been one of the great targets in its effort, from the specimens rehabilitated in the hospital itself to the international reintroduction projects in which it collaborates with various European regions, passing through the network of supplementary feeding points .

They also highlight the actions of custody and management of the territory in favorable areas for the species to recolonize old distribution spaces and the fight against the poison through the working group ‘Threats fauna’.

For this entity, the reproduction of this species in captivity supposes “great news and a shock“to continue testing different maneuvers that allow the reproduction of endangered species. Its objective is fulfilled in the same way since it consists of attending to injured or sick wild fauna to return it with the best possible guarantees of adaptation to its primitive environment.

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