Vultures for Africa

We urgently need to reduce the imminent and real risk of extinction in African vultures through effective intervention and focus on the most significant threat facing these birds, which is wildlife poisoning.

African vultures have declined drastically over the last 30 years to the level where five species are currently listed as Critically Endangered. This decline was the motivation for the drafting of an international Multi-species Action Plan for African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) which aims to stop this trend through effective intervention through a range of actions. Poisoning in its various forms is the most significant threat to these birds in Africa and impacts other wildlife across the continent. The activities of Vultures for Africa aim to implement specific actions to reduce the impact of wildlife poisoning, to facilitate the collection of quantitative data on vulture populations in identified gap areas within the MsAP range.

A critical component of the Vultures for Africa Programme’s work is the partnership with the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the University of Reading. In addition to providing substantial funding in terms of Poisoning Response Training and the issue of equipment to trainees for effective deployment in the field during incidents, these partners also work with us to determine the impact of our training on the ground and the assess the benefit of successful intervention on vulture populations in the areas we are working. Another aspect of our work which they support is the filling of knowledge gaps about vultures in east and southern Africa by means of research and monitoring in areas where little is currently known about the population status and trends of the vultures that occur there.

We achieve our goals through the following projects:

• Wildlife Poisoning Intervention
• Vulture Monitoring and Research in Gap Areas
• MsAP Action Implementation

Target species:

• Bearded Vulture
• White-backed Vulture
• Hooded Vulture
• White-headed Vulture
• Cape Vulture
• Lappet-faced Vulture
• Rüppell’s Vulture
• Egyptian Vulture

For more information, contact Andre Botha


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