Parco Natura Viva is involved in the conservation of the bearded vulture both by raising public awareness on the protection of this species, and through the reintroduction in nature of animals born in the park. The reintroduction of vultures born in Parco Natura Viva began in 2019, when the historical pair of the park was able to reproduce and take care of their chick for the first time in Italy. The project is conducted in the Natural Reserve “Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas” in south-central Spain, where the park has made use of the important collaboration of the Gypaetus Foundation and the VCF – Vulture Conservation Foundation. With an area of almost 210,000 hectares, the “Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas” natural park is the largest protected natural area in Spain and the second in Europe. Then there are two small adjacent natural parks in the provinces of Albacete and Granada: the “Los Calares del Mundo y de la Sima” natural park located in the north, and the “Sierra de Castril” natural park in the south, which together contribute to add other 31,000 hectares to this huge protected natural area. VCF reintroduction project is active since 1986 and has other release sites also in Italy and France. Thanks to the project, the species has started to repopulate the European skies, and today there are as many as 223 released vultures.
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