Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita)
One of the four bird species of the European fauna that disappeared in the historical time. Until 17th century it inhabited rocky slopes in the Alps and the Dinarides. Some medieval monastic chronicles contain recipes for preparing of soup of bald ibis chicks collected by monks from the nests on the cliffs. Today it has survived only in two maintained breeding colonies in Morocco and Turkey. Earlier in the past it was widespread ant its remains were found in France, Spain, Italy, etc. An early Pleistocene fossil species (Geronticus balcanicus), lived almost 2 million years ago, was described from Bulgaria. This female bird lived in the King Ferdinand I's Zoo till 30 August 1911.