Life Rupis – Conservation of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in the Douro Valley’ (LIFE14 NAT/PT/000855) is a transboundary conservation project, with a duration of 4 years (2015 – 2019), co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE Programme funding instrument.

The project, which takes place on the Portuguese-Spanish border,across the protected areas of the International Douro River, the valley of Águeda River, and Arribes del Duero, aims to strengthen the populations of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in these areas by reducing mortality and improving breeding success. Other raptor species like the Black Vulture and the Red Kite will also benefit from the project actions.


Heading south

Follow Arribas on its crossing to Africa, in this 3D animation based on this Egyptian Vulture's GPS data. Watch how Arribas rose on thermals up to 2329 metres above sea level before soaring across the Straight of Gibraltar, arriving in Marroco at 1107 metres above sea level - in a crossing that took only an impressive 26 minutes.

This and other Egyptian Vultures have arrived in Africa, where they'll spend the winter. To follow their journeys, check out our tracking maps.
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Member of our Egyptian Vulture-Friendly Landowners network "Revelation of the Year"
Heartfelt congratulations to Frederico Machado e Ricardo Alves, from Arribas Wine Company, "true Indiana Joneses who rescue ancient vines in the Douro"!
Most vulture mortality cases in the Douro between 2015-2019 related to illegal wildlife poisoning
The data collected in our project confirm that most mortality and incapacitation of vultures in the Douro between 2015-2019 were related to suspected poisoning.