Egyptian vulture: The long journey to survival This is almost how a journey begun, four years ago… a nice and endless journey…! What was the destination? The protection of the Egyptian vulture, the smallest of the four vulture species in Greece, but at the same time the most threatened one in our Greek wild fauna. For us … the people of WWF in Dadia, was one more adventure… one more reason to work in order to give a survival breath to a threatened species … Under these critical circumstances, the active engagement and participation of the local community to our activities / efforts has been an essential component that contributed to our mission’s success! During this 4-year journey,
we had as fellow travelers 250 students from 5 local schools of the wider region of Thrace, who joined their forces with us, expressing their strong creativity, love and passion in every action they undertook to support our work! During all these years, our young “fighters” with their unique talents, learned about the life of the Egyptian vulture … they produced masks for their faces, raised placards, protested against the poisoned baits, shared leaflets, produced and placed signs in the wider area, played in the nature, observed and adopted Egyptian vultures, aiming to increase the local people’s awareness. In a few words they used all their creativity and energy, in order to communicate the importance to protect the Egyptian vulture, by leaving their own footprint in this long-term journey… Finally, before this journey comes to an end, the students would like to send their strongest message for the Egyptian Vulture’s protection… a message that embraces their own feelings. ADMIRATION AWARENESS LOVE EMOTION JOY ENTHUSIASM CURIOSITY PRIDEFULNESS IMPATIENCE So, that’s how it happened … all students used their wishes as an attempt to reach their wandering feathery friend! We thank you all for this journey … and don’t forget that this journey never ends…!