Birds of Prey Programme

Our purpose is to ensure that viable in situ raptor populations forever soar the African skies and across its landscapes. We are committed to saving southern Africa’s threatened birds of prey and the spaces they inhabit. Through our applied research and conservation of birds of prey, we preserve the irreplaceable ecosystem services they provide and synergistically safeguard their habitats that support not only the integrity and lives of other wildlife, but people too.

Throughout southern Africa, birds of prey are experiencing accelerated population declines, with many species (vultures in particular) shifting rapidly towards extinction. It is our responsibility to ensure that wild populations remain viable and healthy. Our focus is to protect threatened birds of prey and to safeguard the spaces they live in. We action strategic research and field-based conservation projects for a wide range of threatened nocturnal and diurnal birds of prey throughout southern Africa, to reduce the impact of anthropogenic threats, maintain and recover populations, and secure/create important raptor safe spaces to improve their overall conservation status. We identify and address key conservation threats to these species, and their critical habitats, through a combination of practical effectiveness, partnerships, education and awareness, legislative support and robust science – strengthening the efficiency of the regional birds of prey conservation network.

We achieve this through the following projects:

• Saving Our Scavengers (SOS)
• Saving our African raptors (SOAR)
• Raptor safe space

Target species:

• Bearded Vulture
• White-backed Vulture
• Hooded Vulture
• White-headed Vulture
• Cape Vulture
• Lappet-faced Vulture
• Tawny Eagle
• Bateleur
• Martial Eagle
• Wahlberg’s Eagle
• Crowned Eagle
• African Hawk-Eagle
• Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle
• Verreaux’s Eagle
• Secretary Bird
• Southern-Banded Snake Eagle
• Black Harrier
• Marsh Harriers
• Pel’s Fishing Owl
• Grass Owl
• Taita Falcon
• Jackal Buzzard

For more information, contact Dr Gareth Tate

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