CONSERVATION

Eagle cams: An animal conservation project with a twist

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“Freedom” is a French animal conservation project, which aims to reintroduce the white-tailed eagle into France. The bird – which is the largest eagle species in Europe – disappeared from the country over fifty years ago. Freedom’s project organisers are hoping to “generate public demand to see this eagle again” through innovative awareness-raising events.

One of these attention-grabbing tactics involves strapping a video camera to an eagle’s back and recording its flight over famous landmarks. In the last few days, the organisation has released footage of an eagle flying over Tower Bridge and the Olympic Stadium in London; the videos are intended to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Red List of Threatened Species, created by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Similar videos - including footage of an eagle's flight over Paris - can be found on Freedom's YouTube channel here.