PROTECT THE BEARDED VULTURE!

The bearded vulture is an endangered species. We support the Asters
association which takes them under their wing and is helping them claw their
way back from the brink of extinction.
Discover its story!

SAVE THE VULTURE!

THE BEARDED VULTURE, A MYTHICAL SPECIES IN OUR MOUNTAINS

This bird is one of the 4 species of vultures found in Europe; with a wingspan of up to 3 metres, it often nests above forests on steep cliffs. This species feeds mainly on marrow and bones, it swallows the smaller bones as they are. It breaks up the bigger ones by carrying them high up and letting them fall down on the rocks so it can swallow them in small enough fragments. In this way, it acts as a mountain cleaner.

A vulture can live for 30 years and needs a large area to live and feed on. After birth, it travels for an average of 5 or 6 years before settling with a mate with whom it will produce 1 chick a year.

Hunted relentlessly, it disappeared from the Alps in the 1920s where it has since been reintroduced. Nevertheless, it remains an endangered species and the causes of death are manifold (poisoning, hunting, collision with cables, nest disturbance).

OUR SOLIDARITY ACTIONS
OUR SOLIDARITY ACTIONS

€2 DONATED TO BEARDED VULTURE PROTECTION PROGRAMMES

All vultures in Europe, including the Bearded Vulture, are highly vulnerable due to external dangers as well as to isolation of populations and their low reproduction rate.

This year in France, 18 bearded vulture couples will reproduce in the French Alps and 48 in the Pyrenees. Despite some reproductive failures, at the same time some vulture chick births have been recorded since March.

To help the Bearded Vulture and fight for its protection, Quechua has committed to donate €2 for every limited edition water bottle purchased to bearded vulture protection programmes conducted by 2 associations in France and Europe: ASTERS-CEN 74 and the Vulture Conservation Foundation.

ASSOCIATIONS COMMITTED TO WILDLIFE AND TERRITORIES

In partnership with local actors, the Haute-Savoie natural spaces conservatory (Asters-CEN 74) leads a general interest mission on the knowledge, expertise, protection and management of natural space, species, environments and landscapes. It manages the 9 nature reserves in Haute-Savoie, amongst others.

The Haute-Savoie Conservatory has been involved from the very start in the Bearded Vulture reintroduction and protection programme in the Alps.
Today, it oversees the Action Plan and coordinates the “LIFE GypHelp” European programme in defence of this species, as well as managing the only French breeding and reintroduction centre for this vulture. Its objectives is to produce chicks that will be released to conquer new territories.

OUR SOLIDARITY ACTIONS
OUR SOLIDARITY ACTIONS

The Vulture Conservation Foundation is an international NGO dedicated to the protection of 4 species of European vultures. It has recognised expertise in bird reproduction, reintroduction and protection in their natural mountain habitat.

Today, the foundation has extensive experience in breeding in captivity, vulture reintroduction and resettlement, vulture protection and conservation in their natural habitat and the fight against threats. It is involved in many large scale vulture conservation projects across Europe, from the Iberian peninsula to the Alps, in the Balkans and beyond.

The organisation continues to oversee the reintroduction of the bearded vulture across Europe and currently coordinates the bearded vulture breeding in captivity network, in close collaboration with over 40 partners, including zoos, to guarantee the best reproductive results from the 179 birds in captivity.

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