Using an ethogram as a guide to understanding Hooded Vulture breeding behaviour

Using an ethogram as a guide to understanding Hooded Vulture breeding behaviour

Studies on an animal’s behaviour can be enhanced using an ‘ethogram’. An ethogram clearly defines, describes, and classifies distinct behaviours commonly exhibited by a species. Researchers from the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the University of KwaZulu-Natal recently produced the first ethogram describing the nesting and breeding behaviours of the Critically Endangered Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus).

Sep 4, 2022
Rampant poisoning poses a deadly risk to vultures in West Africa

Rampant poisoning poses a deadly risk to vultures in West Africa

African vulture numbers are declining at an alarming rate, and their key threat throughout Africa is believed to be poisoning. Dr Clément Daboné (from the Universities of Tenkodogo and Joseph Ki-Zerbo, both in Burkina Faso) collected information on incidents of mass vulture killings to learn more about the risk that poisoning poses to vultures in West Africa.

Sep 4, 2022
A conservation success story – the return of the majestic Cape Vulture

A conservation success story – the return of the majestic Cape Vulture

The Cape Vulture was listed as Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, but in 2021 it was ‘down listed’ to Vulnerable. This is a remarkable conservation success story and testament to the tireless efforts of multiple generations of conservationists

Sep 4, 2022
Battle of the Bullets

Battle of the Bullets

Vultures that ingest lead fragments from ammunition have been found to have higher levels of lead in their blood, which affects their health and can kill them.To unpack the impact of lead ammunition on the environment and vultures, we hosted Battle of the Bullets

Jul 3, 2022
Grass Owls – a story of hope

Grass Owls – a story of hope

I joined a colleague, Rebo Rachuene from our Birds of Prey Programme, in the field to monitor a grass owl site. Rebo and his colleagues have been monitoring this site for over ten years.

Jun 2, 2022
The cat’s out of the bag – understanding South Africa’s captive lion sector

The cat’s out of the bag – understanding South Africa’s captive lion sector

The Endangered Wildlife Trust initiated a study to better understand South Africa’s captive lion sector and evaluate its environmental and socio-economic impacts. This article is a summary of the findings of this study.

May 2, 2022
African Vulture Crisis

African Vulture Crisis

Vultures provide many ecological, economic, and cultural benefits. However, several vulture populations are declining rapidly, and conservationists are calling this an ‘African Vulture Crisis’. What do we know, and what can we do?

Apr 7, 2022
To the rescue

To the rescue

Early on a Friday morning I received a call from Gavin Williams, who works for Vodacom. He was at a mast near De Aar and saw an injured Verreaux’s Eagle under a Sentech mast.

Dec 13, 2019