© Andrea Bonetti / WWF Ελλάς

In the far northeastern corner of Greece, in the Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli Forest National Park in Evros, 36 of the 38 birds of prey encountered in Europe harmoniously coexist with traditional livestock farming. The stars of the show are the Black vultures and the smallest members of the vulture family, the Egyptian vultures. An idyllic mosaic that clearly depicts the richness of life in Greece and the Mediterranean. For over two decades WWF Greece has focused its efforts on the direct and indirect threats to vultures and birds of prey. Our principles are: science-based facts, pioneering methods, and synergies. So we join forces with scientists, local communities and stakeholders. We try to find solutions that enhance the protection of the endangered species while also considering human activities. The endangered vultures that nest and breed in Dadia also have a four-legged guard, Kiko, a German Shepherd  trained by our team to identify poisoned baits, a deadly trap for vultures. The actions we have been implementing since the 1980s, together with local authorities and colleagues from the Balkans, have produced results, but we do not plan to rest. On the contrary, we are expanding our actions: we ensure the birds of prey have access to safe food, we insulate electricity pylons, we provide information to livestock breeders, and we continuously monitor populations of Black vultures, Egyptian vultures and Griffon vultures.


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