Death of four female Bearded Vulture blocks the reintroduction of the species in Andalusia.

la mirada del quebrantahuesos The fact that the four Bearded Vultures who died this year -shot down, poisoned and two through natural causes- were females will set back the mating of the five specimens still alive -all males- for more than five years. The Bearded Vulture, threatened by extinction in Spain, of which little more than two hundred specimens survive in the Pyrenees, does not reach sexual maturity until six years of age.; therefore the mating, if any, of the five males that have survived in the Natural Park of Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas, will not take place before 2015. Moreover the first forming of pairs will take place only if again new females be released next spring, these survive during the six years they need to gain sexual maturity and moreover, their reproduction be successful in order to get the species settled again in Andalusia where it became extinct in 1986. Continue reading “Death of four female Bearded Vulture blocks the reintroduction of the species in Andalusia.”