The Konrad Lorenz Research
Station in Grünau, Austria, and the Waldrappteam
have been working to restore the migration route of the Northern Bald Ibis since 1997, from Austria to central Italy. Hand-reared Northern Bald Ibises have been trained to follow their human “foster parent”, that flying on micro-flight planes are able to teach them the route from Austria to the wintering grounds.
At the beginning of the breeding season, these animals will be able to get back to the breeding quarters by themselves. This project received the financial support of the European Union in the Life+ Program (LIFE+12-BIO_AT_000143) and comprehends 8 partners in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Parco Natura Viva is the only Italian partner, and plays an important role in the anti-poaching campaign, as illegal hunting is one of the major threats of this species during the migration in Italy. Parco Natura Viva is also involved in the Proyecto Eremita
and a group of captive-born Northern Bald Ibis was released into the wild in Spain.