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Short Film Exposes Common Farming Practices in Bulgaria as Threat to Endangered Egyptian Vulture

As Egyptian vulture pairs prepare to return to Bulgaria in late March, a free short film reveals how common farming practices threaten the survival of this globally endangered bird species here.
Made by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), the seven-minute-long film, entitled An Invisible Threat to the Egyptian Vulture, shows how the use of poison baits, pesticides and toxic veterinary drugs puts at risk this and other species of birds of prey in Bulgaria.
As seen in the film, a BSPB team found on site dangerous human practices in the last remaining safe havens for the Egyptian vulture in Northern Bulgaria and the Eastern Rhodopi Mountains. As few as 26 Egyptian vulture pairs are left in this country, and they cannot survive without targeted conservation actions.
In addition, local farming practices need to be thoroughly revised by increasing local pastures and the number of grazing domestic animals, promoting environmentally friendly agriculture, raising awareness of the risk of treating domestic animals with anti-inflammatory products and other potentially dangerous drugs, and managing the human-predator conflict.
An Invisible Threat to the Egyptian Vulture can be watched with English subtitles here.  
The film is part of the Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project  which is being carried out between July 2017 and the end of 2022 with financial support from the EU’s LIFE Programme. Under the project, institutions and organizations from 14 countries in the Balkans, Middle East and Africa work together to reinforce the easternmost European Egyptian Vulture population through urgent conservation measures that address major known threats at breeding grounds and along this species’ flyway. In Bulgaria, Egyptian Vulture New LIFE envisages the setting up of vulture safe zones that are free of poison and provide sufficient food. 
Just last week, poisoned carrion in Southeastern Bulgaria led to the death of four black vultures, a species listed as extinct in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria. The four birds were reintroduced in this country by Bulgarian, Dutch, Spanish, and German environmental organizations jointly implementing the Bright Future for Black Vulture LIFE project.