A captive breeding program to protect one of the four European vulture species is continuing successfully, according to the head of an international organization working on vulture conservation.

“Our captive breeding program for the bearded vulture species currently has 178 birds and 70 pairs. It is unique in the sense that it is managed entirely for conservation purposes so that the birds can be reintroduced into the wild,” Jose Tavares, head of the Vulture Conservation Foundation, told Anadolu Agency.

Founded in 2009, the foundation is an international nongovernmental organization working for the conservation of European vulture species — bearded

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