International Vulture Awareness Day - 5 September 2015



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To everyone who liked, hated, tweeted, debated, narrated, shared, posted, declared, noted, backed it, cracked it, wrote articles, deleted them, printed them, supported and celebrated; BirdLife South Africa and more so, the birds in question, sincerely thank you. We do apologise for any ‘feathers ruffled’, but we must be willing to be bold if we are to help ensure that Africa’s vultures do not follow the same path as their Asian cousins or the California Condor in North America



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UGGHHH! Ugly, dirty, smelly things… is this your perception of vultures? It is for many people. Sadly vultures around the world are badly maligned, misunderstood and in serious decline. 

Some people even believe that because vultures have such incredible eyesight, they can see into the future. Their belief is that, if you eat the brains of a vulture, you will be able to predict lottery numbers or the outcome of football matches.

In South Asia, three species of Gyps vultures declined by a massive 97%, almost resulting in their extinction. In this region the tens of millions of vultures which occurred there before the catastrophe fulfilled important ecological functions. The reason for the precipitous decline was- Diclofenac, or Voltaren as we know it. The vultures died when they consumed carcasses which had been treated by this veterinary drug.

A 2013 report from the Kwando Concession in Botswana described almost 300 poisoned vultures, including Lappet-faced, Hooded and White-backed vultures, at elephant carcasses, poached for their tusks. The poachers laced the elephant carcasses with poison to kill the scavenging vultures as these unfortunate, scavenging birds would give away their whereabouts, as they go about their terrible destruction of wildlife (Vulture News, July 2014).

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This is a relatively new threat to vultures with the rise in poaching of rhino and elephant for horns and tusks in Africa.

Of the 11 African vulture species, nine of these occurring in southern Africa are endangered, vulnerable or extinct.

The Egyptian Vulture has been extinct as a breeding species in South Africa since the 1950s.

Vultures are now one of the most threatened group/families of birds in the world.

Habitat loss, declining food availability, persecution from poisoning, capture for body parts for the traditional medicine “muti” market, electrocution on electricity pylons and collision with power lines and wind turbines are some of the mounting threats vultures face.

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BirdLife South Africa, as well as its mother organisation, BirdLife International, is mounting a major national and international campaign to tackle the problem and change perceptions about vultures and keep these magnificent birds soaring across the landscapes of Africa.

Vultures are vitally important for the environment and humans alike.

To help implement effective conservation measures, we need your help. We want to know your views on vultures… please do one thing, take the survey this International Vulture Awareness Day… and Love Vultures… we do!

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