African vultures are heading towards extinction, a study warns

By | 25 August 2015

An international team of researchers from across Africa, Europe and North America have published the first estimates of decline rates in African vultures on the continent. Their findings suggest that African vultures are likely to qualify as ‘Critically Endangered’ under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s global threat criteria. The study which was published recently in the scientific journal, Conservation Letters, also show that many national parks and game reserves appear to offer little effective protection to vulture species in Africa.The article is open access:

Ogada D., Shaw P., Beyers R.L., Buij R., Murn C., Thiollay J.M., Beale C.M., Holdo R.M., Pomeroy D., Baker N., Krüger S.C., Both A., Virani M.Z., Monadjem A. & Sinclair A.R.E. 2015. Another continental vulture crisis: Africa’s vultures collapsing toward extinction. Conservation Letters 9: 89-97.

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You can read more about this study in the following links:

Vulture populations plummet across Africa (Science mag news), by Erik Stokstad.

Africa’s vultures are collapsing to extinction (National Geographic voices), by Darcy Ogada of The Peregrine Fund (USA & Kenya).

Increased poaching causes surge in African vulture deaths (Africa Geographic), by Andre Botha of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (South Africa).

Why Africa’s vultures are “collapsing toward extinction” (National Geographic news), by Matt McCall.

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Lappet-faced and Cape Vultures at a carcass at Sable Dam, Kruger National Park, South Africa (photo by Andre Botha). These two species appear to be declining at a rate of 80%–92% over three generations (about 45–48 years).

Lappet-faced and Cape Vultures at a carcass at Sable Dam, Kruger National Park, South Africa (photo by Andre Botha). These two species appear to be declining at a rate of 80%–92% over three generations (about 45–48 years).

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