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Poisoning

Poisoning accounted for the death of 1440 of our vultures in southern Africa last year. When you consider that one of those species has a population of just 350 birds urgency of the crisis that we face is obvious.

Vultures are poisoned directly for use of their body parts in traditional medicine, or indirectly through irresponsible agricultural poisoning or lead ingestion.

It is also becoming common practice in parts of the continent to eradicate vulture populations deliberately, as poachers believe that the site of large flocks of birds circling will alert rangers to a freshly slaughtered carcass, especially in remote regions and big parks.

Cape Vultures
Cape Vultures

Maloti-Drakensberg Vulture Project

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