Proving that saving an endangered species is no easy job…
Last year while trying to access Bearded Vulture nests high in the mountains to recover the ‘second eggs’ so vital for the Bearded Vulture Recovery Program, the helicopter the crew were in landed badly and crashed on the snowy top of a peak.
Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but the egg recoveries were abandoned for that season, setting the program back a year.
A recently published paper on the productivity of the southern African Bearded Vulture population.
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Attached for your interest is a paper published online this past week on post fledging dispersal. This paper is based on the movements of our tagged chicks Ikloba (tagged in 2008), Linong (2008) and Wandervogel (2010).
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The achievements of the Bearded Vulture Task Force over the past decade:
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Vulture populations globally are collapsing. In Africa, populations of eight species have declined by an average of 62% over the last 30 years; seven have declined by an average of 80% or more, and six species have been up-listed to Critically Endangered. Of the threats facing them, 90% of reported deaths are due to poisoning and the traditional medicine trade.
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A recent media statement by Dr Gerhard Verdoorn of the Griffon Poison Information Centre highlighted the increase of illegal wildlife poisonings in South Africa.
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