With the help and guidance of Holly Cale, Horstmann Trust’s Curator and Head of Aviculture, ZSL London Zoo have successfully hatched a critically endangered Ruppell’s griffon vulture. This is the first vulture chick to have been successfully hatched at the zoo for more than 40 years and is an exciting achievement for the zoo’s conservation mission. You can read their full press release here.

Ruppell’s griffon vultures are found throughout the Sahel region and East Africa and are already extinct in much of their original range. They face threats from deliberate and accidental poisoning, as well as suffering from a reduction in ungulate populations. Protected zones have been created to help support their conservation, but their wide reaching ranges means they are often vulnerable outside of these areas.

The Horstmann Trust works with other conservation organisations through our consultancy services to help share our expert knowledge and experience. If you would like to know more about our consultancy services, or need aviculture specialist support, please see our consultancy options.


There's a lot to know about the Horstmann Trust

We've been breeding vultures for over 40 years and have achieved a lot in that time - some of the first captive breeding of vultures happened here. We aim to continually improve and learn from what we do.

Core work at the Trust

From the practical to the theoretical we are always trying to improve how we manage and breed vultures and birds of prey.

At the core we are breeding birds to maintain our captive population but to also return birds to the wild to support the wild populations.



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You can help vultures through the work we do. There are many way that you can get involved – take a look at some of the options available to you.