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Reintroduced on French territory
The Monk vulture or cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) is a protected species in France. The largest diurnal raptor in Europe, its wingspan can reach 9.5 ft (290 cm), and it weighs between 15 and 26 pounds (7 and 12 kg). Exclusively feeding on animal carcasses, this scavenger favors eating the hardest tissues, such as tendons and cartilage. Although the Monk vulture had completely disappeared from French territory at the beginning of the 20th century, 99 individuals have been reintroduced into the Cévennes National Park since 1992, and the number of specimens present in the region keeps increasing each year.
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