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GreeceOperation for the rescue of endangered Egyptian vulture chicks concluded successfully, environment...

Operation for the rescue of endangered Egyptian vulture chicks concluded successfully, environment ministry says

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Two rescued chicks of the rare and endangered Egyptian vulture species have now been returned to their nest in the Dadia Forest in Evros after receiving treatment and will soon be ready to take to the skies, the environment ministry announced on Wednesday.
“From the first moment, we focused on the protection of the wild fauna of the Dadia forest.

The environment ministry and the Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency took all necessary action to provide care for the chicks of the rare species Asproparis [Neophron percnopterus]. Today they are living in safety in their nest and in a few weeks they will be flying free in nature,” said Deputy Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Amyras.

The birds, which are considered critically endangered, with only five pairs currently living in Greece, were removed from their nest on July 26 as a precaution, due to the forest fire that started in the Dadia national park. On July 29 they were transferred to the “Action for Wild Life” treatment centre, where they remained until the danger posed by the fire was passed.

They were returned to their nest on August 3 and closely monitored to ensure that the adults were providing the necessary care, after which it was decided that no additional action was needed.

The nest will continue to be monitored by the Dadia and Evros Delta national park management unit, as part of a programme to boost the Egyptian vulture (Asproparis in Greece) population and secure its migration route, until the chicks are ready to leave the nest in September.

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