Investing in your relationship? It turns out you’re not the only ones
To commemorate International Vulture Awareness Day, which takes place in September, we will conduct guided tours to the vulture cage at Ramat Hanadiv, offering you a rare glimpse into the intimate life of vultures.
The tours will take place on 7.9.19 and 10.9.19
Apparently we are not the only ones who need to invest in relationships; vultures also require time to connect and develop successful relationships. This year 5 chicks hatched in the cage. However, despite the high number of hatched chicks, only 2 survived. Only 50 years ago thousands of vultures bred in Israel; today their number has dropped to less than 200! The population of breeding vultures in Israel is in severe danger of extinction, mainly due to poisoning, electrocution and hunting. This year we witnessed the sad story in the Golan Heights of 8 vultures that died of poisoning while 2 miraculously survived.
In order to reinforce and augment the vulture population, the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel and Israel Electric Corporation initiated the ‘Spreading Wings’ project in the 1990s, aiming to rehabilitate and save the populations of a number of birds of prey in Israel, including vultures. To this end, an acclimation cage was constructed at Ramat Hanadiv to house a vulture breeding nucleus. The breeding nucleus comprises individuals that cannot survive in nature; however, their chicks will be released in the future, to produce young and strengthen their species in our region.
In recent years many resources have been invested in the breeding nucleus. The cage was renovated and adapted to the needs of injured vultures, and the number of vultures was increased from 2 to 10. Some of the vultures were brought from zoos in Armenia, Cyprus and Spain, while the others are from Israel. Vultures from the wild often come to spend time with those in the cage. Sometimes it is even possible to witness a meeting between adult wild vultures and their friends in the cage. We hope that this trend of friendship with the vultures in the cage will continue into the future and contribute to the efforts to reinforce their population.
Watch vultures mating and see an egg being laid in an amazing video from within the vulture cage:
You are welcome to join a guided tour to the vulture cage.
The tours will take place on: Saturday 7.9.19, at 9:30 & Tuesday 10.9.19 at 17:30
At the end of the tour there will be a workshop for children, in which they will construct a 3-D model of a vulture that they can paint (one model per child)
Cost of the tour: 30 NIS per adult and 40 NIS per child (child fee includes workshop)
Participation requires payment (from age 3) with prior registration. The number of places is limited.
Good to know:
*The tours will last about an hour and a half.
*Length: Approximately 2 km (back and forth)
*Suitable for families with hiking experience and children over the age of 5.
*The route is not suitable for strollers.
To purchase tickets: https://www.eventer.co.il/s4wh3
For further details: 04-6298111 ext. 4.
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