The Northern Bald Ibis (𝘎𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘴 𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘢), this Globally Endangered species, shows up in Albania after more than 400 years of absence thanks to the implementation of EU LIFE projects.
A male, named NOVA, is now present in Malësia e Madhe, close to the shores of Shkodra lake.
The Northern Bald Ibis is a migratory bird which was native in Europe (Fance, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and the Western Balkans) until the 17th century, before it became extinct mainly due to the hunting pressure.
In the framework of an EU LIFE+ Biodiversity project, implemented by partners from Austria, Italy and Germany, the species is reintroduced in Europe and has established a breeding colony in Burghausen (Germany). Apart from the importance of this project for the conservation of the species, the presence of the Bald Ibis in Burghausen has increased the number of visitors helping thus the local economy.
This extraordinary event, the presence of the species for the first time in Albania after more than 400 years, should be a great feast for the biological diversity of Albania and to strengthen the believing that biodiversity conservation is a real force in helping the local economy.
We are so proud to be able to help somehow the conservation of this Globally Endangered species in the wild.
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