Animals  Israel Project #19202

Save Israel's Birds of Prey

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem Vetted since 2013 Site Visit Verified


Birds of prey are referred to in the Bible many times as a symbol of might and power but are declining in Israel today. Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) are the largest birds of prey in Israel but less than 40 nesting pairs are left, as opposed to nearly 1,000 before the establishment of the state. The population of Egyptian vultures has also dwindled by nearly 70 percent, and two other impressive species, the bearded vulture and the cinereous vulture, disappeared more than two decades ago.

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As eaters of carrion, vultures often fall victim by eating wildlife that has been poisoned to protect livestock. They are also under threat from hunting, nesting disturbances (by hikers and aircraft, among others), electrocution by power lines and wind turbines. Birds that ingest poison suffer horrible deaths and then themselves pose a health risk to other scavenger species that ingest their carcass thus perpetuating this deadly act. A further problem is low breeding success rate in the wild.


Established in 1998, the National Center for Raptor Egg Incubation at the Biblical Zoo focuses mainly on the Griffon Vulture, but also conserves many other species including the Lesser Kestrel and the Egyptian Vulture. During the nesting season, eggs are collected from other breeding centers and wild nesting sites for incubation. Hatched chicks are reared by foster parent pairs at the Zoo or hand-reared using a special method that prevents imprinting prior to being reintroduced into the wild.

Long-Term Impact

Vultures are critically important to natural ecosystems because they dispose of the carcasses of dead animals and neutralize the spread of potentially lethal diseases including anthrax, rabies and cholera. The project increases breeding capabilities by ensuring optimal results, thus providing a relatively large number of new birds for release to the wild every year. Additional efforts include placing nesting boxes in urban areas for the Lesser Kestrel; and conducting scientific research.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Israeli news segment (with English sub-titles)
Ha'aretz Newspaper Article
Israel21C News Article
Jerusalem Biblical Zoo Website

Organization Information

The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
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Project Leader:
Nicole Wexler
Jerusalem, Israel
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