Two bearded vultures released in San Giacomo di Entracque in Italy
The last bearded vulture in the Alps was killed 100 years ago. This bird of prey, the largest in Europe, is also one of the eight most endangered species of bird on the continent. In 2007, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation joined the bearded vulture reintroduction programme set up in the Alps in 1989. Since then the Foundation has supported the reintroduction of 12 bearded vultures alongside the Parco Alpi Marittime and the Parc National du Mercantour.
On Saturday, 6th June 2015, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation took part in the release of two bearded vultures, "Herculis" and "Roman" in San Giacomo di Entracque, Italy.
In front of a large audience, the two bearded vultures were accompanied to their nest where they will stay for a few weeks before taking flight.
On this occasion, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Principality of Monaco and the Alpi Maritime-Mercantour European Park signed a partnership agreement. Aware of their complementarity, the three partners were keen to confirm their cooperation in order to implement biodiversity awareness and conservation projects jointly. The official signing took place in the presence of H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Fernand Blanchi and Giuseppe Canavese, President and Director respectively of the Alpi Maritime-Mercantour European Park.
This project was supported through a partnership between the Prince Albert 2 Foundation and the Prince Albert I Rotaract Club