Reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture into the Alpine Region
2007 - 2009
The last bearded vulture was killed in the Alps 100 years ago. This bird of prey, the largest in Europe, is also one of the 8 most endangered bird species in the continent. The final link on the food chain, the bearded vulture is essential to nature – as it removes the last remnants of dead animals, it has a key ecological function.
A programme to reintroduce the vulture to the Alps was initiated in 1989: the Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime and the Parc National du Mercantour have jointly contributed to this programme since 1993 and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation joined forces with them in 2007. Since then, the Foundation has supported the reintroduction of 12 bearded vultures alongside the Parco Alpi Marittime and the Parc National du Mercantour.
This programme hatched the first bearded vulture in the natural environment in the Ubaye Valley, north of Mercantour Park. The hatching of the baby vulture represents the restoration of natural balance and the prospect of a viable Alpine population for this emblematic species.
Mercantour National Park and Alpi Marittime Park