Young Generation Leads the Fight for Wildlife Conservation in Albania

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต ๐—–๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฏ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—š๐—ท๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ (๐—–๐—ฌ๐—–) was created by ๐—”๐—ข๐—ฆ-๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜†, 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 “๐—”๐˜€๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—ญ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ” ๐—›๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น, ๐—š๐—ท๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜รซ๐—ฟ; 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 ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ท๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—›๐˜†๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐—ท, and they are also supported continuously by the ๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜† (๐—”๐—ข๐—ฆ).

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, ๐—–๐—ฌ๐—– was necessary for giving these students a first-hand account of what it means to be a ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ช๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐——๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—™๐—˜ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง.

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!

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ 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 โ€œEgyptian Vulture New Lifeโ€ (LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874). The Return of the Neophron