Saving Africa's Vultures

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There's still time to save Africa's vultures


The “African vulture crisis” describes the decade long decline in populations of 7 of 11 vulture species in Africa that have recently been reclassified as Critically-Endangered or Endangered using IUCN criteria. Multiple human-caused stressors have been linked to vulture mortality including: poisoning, directly and in association with elephant poaching; harvesting for trade in vulture parts for traditional medicine and beliefs; alteration of habitat through changes in land use; lead poisoning from big game hunting; drowning in farm ponds; and, collisions with electrical power infrastructure. Our objective is to address this complex issue through a cooperative multinational partnership. This project will provide tools to enable policymakers, conservationists, and others to recognize and mobilize resources against the complex web of threats affecting the vultures of Africa.

Project Type
Team Synthesis Project
Principal Investigators
William Bowerman, University of Maryland
Andre Botha, Endangered Wildlife Trust
Lindy Thompson, University of KwaZulu Natal
Mark Anderson, BirdLife South Africa
Humbulani Mafumo, Ministry of the Environment
Brent Miles Coverdale, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Mary Ann Ottinger, University of Houston
Reggie Harrell, University of Maryland
Laura Shaffer, University of Maryland
Jennifer Murrow, UMD
Nicholus Funda, SANParks
Eric Reson, Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association
Masumi Gudka, BirdLife International
Linda van Heever, Birdlife South Africa
Sonja Carin Krueger, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife
Hanneline Smit Robinson, Birdlife South Africa
Meredith Gore, Michigan State University
Munir Virani, The Peregrine Fund

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