Birds of Prey Programme

Vulture Conservation and Monitoring Project

The Vulture Conservation and Monitoring Project was launched in 1988 as an initiative of the Vulture Study Group to monitor the Cape Griffons of the Magaliesberg. It has, since the start of the project, developed into a programme that stretches across a large section of the southern African sub-continent where most Cape Griffon colonies are monitored on a continuous basis. The Project has now expanded its conservation and monitoring strategy to include all other southern African vulture species.


  • Ensuring the survival and prosperity of our vultures.
  • Monitoring vulture populations throughout the southern African sub-continent.
  • Colour-ringing of vultures.
  • Annual census of vulture populations.
  • Promote the establishment of vulture restaurants.
  • Increase public awareness about vultures.
  • Involve members of the public in vulture conservation.

The Vulture Conservation and Monitoring Project is one of the Birds of Prey Programme’s flagship projects. The various sub-projects of the Vulture Conservation and Monitoring Project are:

  • KZN Vulture Project.
  • Northern Cape Vulture Project.
  • Swaziland Vulture Project.
  • Blouberg Vulture Project.
  • Potberg Vulture Project
  • Cape Vulture Task Force.
  • Bearded Vulture Task Force.
  • Bushveld Vulture Project.

Vulture monitoring takes place in these regions where regional representatives are situated and all species of vultures are monitored throughout the year. Monitoring of vulture populations is a necessity to determine the success or failure of conservation activities.
The Birds of Prey Programme has also initiated the Annual Vulture Awareness day in September 2006 to create awareness of the continued plight of all vulture species occurring in the region and to highlight the work done by conservationists to monitor populations and implement effective measures to conserve these birds and their habitats. Due to the success of this event, it is now recognised internationally with 167 organisations form 36 countries participating.

For further information please contact Dr. Gareth Tate, Birds of Prey Programme Manager

Vulture News - The Journal of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group
Vulture News is the journal of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group. It was originally the journal of the Vulture Study Group, which was formed in 1973 in southern Africa. The journal has been published since 1979 and is a venue for research, news, information and reports on vultures in all parts of the word where they occur. Contributions from ornithologists, research biologists, bird watchers, conservationists and any other interested people are encouraged. Single (or a series of) interesting pictures with extended captions are also encouraged. Refer to contributor information for more details.