The Ministry of the Environment and Territory Planning released Tuesday, La Iruela, the second bearded Vulture Chick this year. This was an act in which local schoolchildren took part.
This release took place within the Bearded Vulture Reintroduction Program, Andalusia. It was done within the Plan for the Recovery and Conservation of Necrophagous Birds. Today's chicken is named Iruela, and it is now part of the Biosphere released in Cazorla last week.
Juan Eugenio Ortega was the territorial delegate. He has taken part in this public act with the help of the Gypaetus Foundation staff, Infoca agents, and the Center for the Recovery of Endangered Species.
He explained that the public will be able to learn more about the species and the work of the specialists accompanying us, as well as the importance and necessity of conserving and maintaining the environment.
Ortega pointed out that this act has relevance because it highlights the Board's important commitment to bearded vulture project. After 33 years of no reproductive process, and after long work, it gave birth to its first free-range chicken in 2015. In 2017, two more were born, and another in 2018.
He stated that the Bearded Vulture Breeding Center had "great success" during the year. They have produced nine chicks from 14 eggs, eight of which survived and only seven breeding pairs. Three chickens were also adopted from other breeding centres.
In 1983, the last breeding in Andalusia was of Bearded Vultures. The last specimen was lost in 1986. The main causes of non-natural death have been poaching, poaching, and plundering nests. The feasibility of the project was evaluated by the Junta de Andalucia two years later. It was concluded that the Cazorla Mountains met all the requirements to house 15 pairs.
The Guadalentin Breeding Center in Cazorla was established in 1996 after contact with the Foundation for the Conservation of the Bearded Vulture. It is home to 22 bearded and seven breeding pairs. The center has become one of the most important in the world for chicken production.
Iruela is one of 51 bearded vulture species released in 2006 in Sierras de Cazorla Segura and Las Villas (Jaen), and Sierra de Castril in Granada, as part of the reintroduction program by the Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning. This project aims to establish an autonomous and stable population of this species.
The release system was country breeding, or hacking, which is a method used in falconry. It aims to ensure the specimen returns to the area it was born and settles down to reproduce.