Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (S.A.V.E)

Crisis in Asia as Vulture populations crash throughout their whole range

As recently as 1990, the total number of Oriental white backed, Long billed and Slender billed vultures was estimated at 40 million. Today that number has declined below 10,000 birds.

Research has now identified the ant-inflammatory drug ‘Diclofenac’ used in the treatment of livestock across Asia  as the cause for the population crash.

The disappearance of vultures from Asia’s skies is not just a conservation concern, it is also impacting negatively on humans – populations of feral dogs have increased as they feed on the large numbers of carcasses left lying around. This can lead to an increase in the incidence of potentially fatal diseases like rabies. The Parsi community is now unable to carry out traditional ‘sky burials’. These involved placing the body in a special tower to be consumed by vultures.

If you are interested in supporting SAVE, or just want to find out more, please contact Chris Bowden (SAVE Program Manager) at chris.bowden@rspb.org.uk or on 01767 680551. This is a unique opportunity to help save three critically important species from extinction through a single program.

 You can read more here about this important conservation initiative.

 

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