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Rupis is alive!


Eleven months after its last transmission, Egyptian Vulture Rupis is back on our "radar"! Recent confirms that Rupis is well and that he successfully migrated to Africa once again this year. In November 2019, we stopped receiving GPS data from the bird. This often happens with LIFE Rupis tagged birds when they enter the deserts with no GSM coverage. However, we were quite worried when he did not resurface a few months later.

Our hopes were raised when this past summer, a project team in the field were confident that Rupis had been observed in the breeding area in Portugal. However, we did not receive new GPS data and had to assume that the tag was no longer working. But what a surprise when this month Rupis suddenly sent data showing some locations from its usual wintering grounds in Mali. Now, we are sure that Rupis is fine!  

We are glad to be able to track the movements of the first-ever Egyptian Vulture we tagged within this project. We will keep tracking his movements and hope that he successfully returns to the Douro next year to breed! 




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