Recovering Turkey’s First Tracked Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in Iraq

Under the umbrella of protection carried out by Nature Iraq, we conducted an expedition to find a Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) which was fitted with a satellite transmitter by KuzeyDoga (, an environmental organization in eastern Turkey. Egyptian vultures have been classified as globally Endangered (EN) according to the IUCN Red List (2012), this is the first time Egyptian vultures in Turkey are being tracked.

On December 4, 2012, we received an email from Prof. Dr. Çagan H. Sekercioglu, KuzeyDoga’s president, with the specific location (GPS coordinates) and satellite images of the Egyptian vulture they named Arpaçay, whose transmitters had stopped sending signals on September 28, 32 km south by southeast of Najaf and less than 5 km northeast of Ali al Mazal.

Our team traveled directly to the area and found . . . . click here for the full story.

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