Salé: MAFRC recovers a marked Griffon Vulture

Recovery & Rehabilitation

Salé: MAFRC recovers a marked Griffon Vulture


On November 19, the moroccan Association for Falconry and Raptors Conservation (MAFRC) was contacted by Mr. Aziz habitant of Sale, who recovered a Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) on its terrace, on a hot August afternoon.

Exhausted, thirsty and attracted by a basin of water, the vulture was easily captured by Aziz, who took care of it daily before handing it to the MARFC. According to the instructions of the High Commission for Water and Forests and the fight against desertification (HCEFLCD), the vulture was taken to the National Zoological Garden (JZN) where he will receive appropriate care in the company of other vultures of his kind.

This bird was already “known by our services”. Indeed, reports Rachid El Khamlichi of Grepom Nord-Ouest

This Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) has been identified by a wing mark M17. It was discovered on 31/07/2017 by soldiers near Judah Jbel Moussa in a very critical situation, suffering from malnutrition and a lack of vitamis and suffered from nervous attacks. After being treated satisfactorily, her physical condition recovered to 100%

Because of its all too familiar nature with humans, several attempts at liberation have been made in the Jbel Moussa area without result.
However, it disappears on June 6, 2018 and reappears in the Oued el Mersa area on June 8, 2018, (information provided by Chekh Hassan). Recovered the same day, it will take off again 2 days later, to reappear in Salé in August 2018!

M17 is expected to remain for some time in an acclimatization aviary before attempting another release soon, when conditions permit and if the healers feel that their physical and mental condition allows it.