As part of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority project to rehabilitate the griffon vulture population in Israel, we received four young vultures from Spain.

Our new residents arrived at the end of February and are now in a spacious cage near that of our pair of vultures that have been living here for some years now.
Before the new vultures' arrival we installed large nesting boards in their cage. The boards are composed of wooden poles, with narrow gaps between them in order to enable ventilation at the bottom of the cage and prevent humidity. At the far end of the board we placed a wider pole to prevent the twigs from falling off the board and to serve as a curved perch. The boards are not connected to the ground, thus maximizing the size of the cage and making it easier to clean.

Our old vulture pair is also providing us with news: at the end of February the female laid an egg, which was transferred to the national incubation center at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. The egg was incubated and it hatched at the beginning of April. Two weeks after the first egg was hatched, our pair laid another egg. The second egg will also be incubated in the incubation center, with the hope that the pair will then lay a third egg.

Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

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