Cinereous Vultures busy with nest building
2018.03.01.

Cinereous Vulture pair has already started to build its nest. The work will continue for some more weeks, and visitors now are welcome to observe this vultures' family business.

After about a month, birds will start to incubate the egg. To ensure there's no disturbance during this responsible process, as each breeding season, the gate to the Zoo's large bird of prey enclosures will be closed to the public for a couple of months.

Cinereous Vulture is a rare species whose wild populations in Europe are restored and supplemented with zoo-born specimens. Each year only a small number of Cinereous Vulture chicks hatch in European Zoos. Since 2014, Riga Zoo provide an important contribution to the species conservation. Two unrelated pairs, at the Zoo in Riga and Zoo's Affiliate Cīruļi, breed well. In 2014–2017, six young Vultures in total were raised and sent to other zoos within the European Endangered Species Breeding Program (EEP).

■ In 2014 – one young raised (in Cīruļi), sent to Prague Zoo.
■ In 2015 – two young (in Riga and Cīruļi), sent to Planckendael Zoo.
■ In 2016 – two young (in Riga and Cīruļi), sent to the zoos in Kerkrade and Rhenen.
■ In 2017 – one young (in Riga), sent to Planckendael Zoo.

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