A Griffon Vulture…

A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) spreads his wings while perched on a high peak at Mount Kedros on the island of Crete yesterday. The Griffon had just been released by staff at the Natural History Museum, located in Iraklion. The Griffon, which breeds on crags in mountains in Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia, is a protected species under European Union legislation. According to government data, the Griffon’s population in Crete has remained stable but has been decreasing on the mainland due to lack of food and the illegal use of poisoned bait. Griffons feed mostly on animal carcasses. Experts say the scavenger’s future could be dim in central and western Greece if no measures are taken.

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