Young Generation Leads the Fight for Wildlife Conservation in Albania

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗹𝘂𝗯 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗷𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗸𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮 (𝗖𝗬𝗖) was created by 𝗔𝗢𝗦-𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗢𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆, one year ago with the purpose of including the younger generation in wildlife conservation and environmental related activities.

The club consists of 35 students, 15-20 highly active, from “𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗺 𝗭𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗹𝗶” 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹, 𝗚𝗷𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗸𝗮𝘀𝘁ë𝗿; all driven by curiosity, passion for nature, and the desire to explore and learn more about the Albanian wilderness. They are led by their talented teacher and our friend 𝗗𝗿. 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗷𝗮𝗻 𝗛𝘆𝗸𝗮𝗷, and they are also supported continuously by the 𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗢𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 (𝗔𝗢𝗦).

They are now a consolidated super team that is growing day by day. The Egyptian vulture, the Environmental Education, and Gjirokastra are represented by the Conservation Youth Club Gjirokastra, by the work, dedication, inexhaustible energy, and creativity of these young people.

The club members have had the opportunity to participate in concrete initiatives concerning the protection of the Egyptian Vulture, such as the monitoring of power lines in Drinos Valley, where they were able to monitor 15 km of power lines and observe from up-close various species of birds, including the Egyptian vulture.

The creation of the Conservation Youth Club of Gjirokastra was necessary for spreading awareness in the local community of Gjirokastra about the conservation status of the Egyptian vulture in Albania, the importance of Gjirokastra region as a nesting territory for the Egyptian vulture, the need for protection from numerous threats, etc. But most importantly, 𝗖𝗬𝗖 was necessary for giving these students a first-hand account of what it means to be a 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗚 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗩𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗧.

We hope that, through participating in our activities, these youngsters have learned the importance of biodiversity and have found new ways to appreciate nature.

AOS is grateful for all the excellent students of “Asim Zeneli” High School and their passionate teacher, Dr. Gentjan Hykaj!

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 awaits us with even more interesting activities, with more inclusion and with a network that will grow extensively and mark the values of the involvement of young people in conservation actions for endangered species.

This activity is carried out under the frames of the Life+ project “Egyptian Vulture New Life” (LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874). The Return of the Neophron