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Tewes the Cinereous Vulture - in Italy
Our colleagues from Riserva Naturale Regionale del Lago di Cornino in Italy share photos of 'our Cinereous vulture Tewes. Tewes is a female bird released as part of the species reintroduction program in Bulgaria, but like most Cinereous vultures, she enjoys wandering before settling down.
First pair of Cinereous Vultures nests in Sine Kamani Nature Park
First pair of black vultures nests in "Sine Kamani" Nature Park!!! The result of nearly 30 years of work by our team.

Why this is a real event:
! A first Cinereous Vulture pair for the nature park, nearly 60 years after the species was considered extinct in the area.

! Contribution to the return of the species to the country, which began with nesting in 2021 and developed to 20 pairs this year (result of the work of Green Balkans, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, Birds of Prey Protection Society).

! The couple occupied an artificial nest made by Miroslav Enev, "Kartal nest" Foundation - our partners and like-minded people.

! One bird is Krushuna (PVC ring - NN), named by our volunteer Cornel Cotorogea, donor of funds for the transmitter.

! The second bird is from the wild population attracted by the vultures we release into the park. Proof that things happen as planned and the result of our efforts pays off.

! Good luck to the Directorate of the Sinite Kamani Nature Park, which has been making serious efforts for the return of species that have extinct from the Nature park for years. ! With this pair, those who have laid eggs become 10-11, and for such a rare species, each egg is priceless and gives hope for its return to the wild.

! A source of pride for the region.

We thank the Vulture Conservation Foundation, the Regional Governments of Extramadura and Andalusia, for the birds that ensure the return of the species to Bulgaria, to all partners and friends who support us!

We rely on all the citizens of the Sliven region and tourists in the park to protect the vultures - animals of exceptional benefit to nature and society!

Soon, we hope to bring back the symbol of Bulgarian nature protection - the Bearded Vulture - the last bird of the species was killed precisely in the Blue Stones. Why not start a new beginning right here!...

Contacts from Green Balkans:
Ivelin Ivanov - Project Manager "Bearded Vulture LIFE", mobile phone: +359887589995, email:

Family Solidarity
This is what family solidarity and gender equality looks like in the bird world .

These are graphs of the nesting behavior of the Cinereous Vulture nesting pairs and in particular of two of the pairs nesting in Kotelsko.
Get to know the Cinereous Vultures - Dobrudja
This is Dobrudja. She is a female Cinereous Vulture, one of the birds gifted to Bulgaria by the Government of the Extramadura province, Spain, in order to reintroduce the species here. She was found distressed in the wild in Spain and was admitted to the Los Hronos Rescue Center in Olivenza. Subsequently, she underwent rehabilitation at the Spanish organization AMUS. The bird was handed over to us with the assistance of the Vulture Conservation Foundation. On March 3, 2021, she was brought to Bulgaria, to the Green Balkans Wildlife Rescue Center, after that  she was settled in an adaptation aviary in the Sinite Kamani Nature Park.
The First Cinereous Vultures for the 2024 Season in Bulgaria Laid Eggs
The first for the 2024 season in Bulgaria, two pairs of Cinereous Vultures laid eggs and started hatching them in the Balkan mountains.
This fact is due to the reintroduction program of the species, which led to its reintroduction to the country, the result of nearly 20 years of efforts by the Green Balkans team, the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna FWFF, the Birds of Prey Protection Society BPPS, the Vulture Conservation Foundation VCF and dozens of other partners and donators.
A Griffon Vulture was hit on the highway, but mobilized many people for its rescue.

In February 16, 2024, one of the Griffon Vultures - part of the reintroduction program, was hit on the Trakia highway. Dozens of citizens reported the injured bird, and a team from Green Balkans promptly responded to the scene. Assistance was also provided by officers from the Road Police Sector - Stara Zagora, Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, who stood at the scene for several hours to prevent the injured bird from being hit by other cars and to avoid creating conditions for a traffic accident.

Five pairs of Cinereous vultures have established their nests in the Kotel
Among the adult Cinereous vultures in the Kotlenska mountain, some are already paired up and gradually occupying the artificial nests constructed as part of the “Life for the Black Vulture” project.
The three pairs from 2023 continue to thrive in the same configuration, with an additional two pairs from 2023, who were moving together but have now reached sexual maturity.