Black vulture inside of the cage. Photo: Ernesto Álvarez
In late February a new vulture (Aegypius monachus) arrived at Alinya Natural Site brought in by representatives of the NGO GREFA. Trasgu is a young black vulture male that was donated by the Infiesto’s CRFS (wildlife rescue centre) near Oviedo, and has been placed in the pre-release aviary where he will stay for a minimum period of six months. Once the habituation period is over Trasgu will be released to join the incipient vulture colony of the Pre-Pyrenees region.
During its stay Trasgu will be housed with an unrelesable vulture that will keep him company -until it can be replaced by a healthy one-, prior to the release.
Trasgu is the 15th black vulture to join the project in Alinya since 2007, as part of the re-introduction project in Catalunya. Two of these vultures were released by the method of hacking, and the other 12, with Trasgu to follow, were released from the habituation aviary.
The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the Alinyà Natural Site staff and the rangers of the NHR of Boumort. REE is markedly engaged in financing the transmitters that allow us to radio track the black vultures from the project.