Lab confirms poisoning to be the cause of Lefuma’s death

We have confirmation from the lab that, as suspected, the Bearded Vulture that was found dead last week was killed by poisoning.

Lefuma’s stomach contents tested positive for the organophosphate pesticide “Terbufos”. This pesticide, which is normally used to control crop pests in the soil, would have been illegally used to bait a carcass to aiming to kill  vultures or jackal. Read about this latest fatality here.

Last year in southern Africa, 1440 vultures fell prey to poisoning. Vultures are poisoned directly for use of their body parts in traditional medicine, or indirectly through irresponsible agricultural poisoning or lead ingestion.

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