Just few days ago, 140 Ideas finalized their next murals on ecological topic – the Egyptian vulture as a symbol of the spring. This time the event took place in Vlora - the coastal touristic center of Albania. Local legend says that the Cuckoo riding an Egyptian vulture brings the spring, from where is the local name – “Cuckoo’s horse”. With no more than 10 pairs, Albania is one of the last shelters of the species in the Balkans. During a seminar for development of a brand for nature-friendly tourism in the area, the Egyptian vulture was identified as a unique element of natural and cultural heritage of Albania, from where the idea for the murals was born. The aim is to raise public interest and awareness on the environmental problems in the country, targeting not only local communities but also dozen thousands of tourists visiting Vlora each summer.
The initiative was implemented in the frame of the CEPF project “Land of Eagles and Castles” implemented by the Association for Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) / BirdLife Bulgaria. After the murals in Haskovo and Madzharovo, this is the third murals with Egyptian vulture produced through the effective collaboration of BSPB and 140 Ideas, and a good example of fruitful transfer of experience by the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron” to other countries.