The Israel Nature and Parks Authority on Tuesday released 64 endangered griffon vultures into the wild, hoping that the new Jewish year will be a brighter one than the last.

The birds had been caught by the INPA to have their health checked, and to be marked and fitted with radio transmitters so that their movements can be followed.

They were set free in southern Israel’s Negev highlands.

There are about 200 griffon vultures overall in Israel. They face dangers of electrification by power lines, habitat disappearance and water shortages.

In October, 12 of the birds were found dead in southern Israel, in what the authority suspected were malicious poisonings.

In May 2019, eight dead griffon vultures were found in the Golan Heights after being poisoned, and two were treated for poisoning.

The INPA invests massive efforts to breed the vulture and to protect the wild population, even fielding teams — mainly of volunteers — to protect vulture eggs in nests.

In August 2020, it was reported that griffon vulture numbers were at an eight-year high, although the population was still endangered.

The organization has long campaigned for changes to the law that would make it easier to prosecute wildlife poisoning and impose far more severe punishments.

I'm proud to cover Israeli arts and culture for The Times of Israel. My beat shows 'the other side' of life here, with inspiring artists of all stripes -- musicians, painters and writers, chefs and winemakers, filmmakers and screenwriters.

Israelis' creative spirit somehow thrives despite all the obstacles this tiny nation has faced. I'm privileged to share these fascinating stories with ToI readers and listeners, increasing your awareness of the remarkably vibrant Israeli arts community.

Your support, through The Times of Israel Community, helps us to continue providing surprising, impressive stories like mine to readers around the world. Will you join our Community today?

Thank you,

Jessica Steinberg, Arts & Culture Editor

We’re really pleased that you’ve read X Times of Israel articles in the past month.

That’s why we started the Times of Israel ten years ago - to provide discerning readers like you with must-read coverage of Israel and the Jewish world.

So now we have a request. Unlike other news outlets, we haven’t put up a paywall. But as the journalism we do is costly, we invite readers for whom The Times of Israel has become important to help support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community.

For as little as $6 a month you can help support our quality journalism while enjoying The Times of Israel AD-FREE, as well as accessing exclusive content available only to Times of Israel Community members.

Thank you,
David Horovitz, Founding Editor of The Times of Israel

QOSHE - Conservationists release 64 vultures equipped with radio transmitters - Sue Surkes
We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Conservationists release 64 vultures equipped with radio transmitters

16 2 8
04.10.2022

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority on Tuesday released 64 endangered griffon vultures into the wild, hoping that the new Jewish year will be a brighter one than the last.

The birds had been caught by the INPA to have their health checked, and to be marked and fitted with radio transmitters so that their movements can be followed.

They were set free in southern Israel’s Negev highlands.

There are about 200 griffon vultures overall in Israel. They face dangers of electrification by power lines, habitat disappearance and water shortages.

In October, 12 of the birds were found dead in southern Israel, in what the authority suspected were malicious poisonings.

In May 2019, eight dead........

© The Times of Israel


Get it on Google Play