African Vultures are now more endangered than Rhinos

Africa’s Vultures are being Threatened By An Assault on All Fronts. Vultures are being killed on an unprecedented scale across Africa, with the latest slaughter perpetrated by elephant poachers who poison the scavenging birds so they won’t give away the location of their activities. In several West African countries, some species of vultures have declined 98 percent outside of protected areas.

When they arrived at South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, André Botha and his companions found that an elephant had died just inside the reserve’s fence. But instead of vultures and other scavengers tussling for their piece of the ecological bonanza, there was only eerie silence. The carcasses of 37 African white-backed vultures lay in the grass around the elephant.

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The corpse of White-backed vultures all found poisoned 

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Elephant poisoned by poachers which in turn vultures feed upon and the die themselves

Read the full story written by madeline bodin here.

In a second article recently written by  Jane Fields from Zimbabwe we are told of 39 decomposing carcasses were all discovered on a farm at Fort Rixon, about 370 kilometres from the capital Harare, according to Kerri Wolter, from vulture conservation group Vulpro in South Africa.

The birds – most of them endangered white-backed vultures – appear to have died after feeding on a cow carcass laced with cyanide or aldicarb, which are both fast-acting poisons.

The decomposing carcasses were dissovered on a farm at Fort Rixon, about 370 kilometres from the capital Harare, according to Kerri Wolter, from vulture conservation group Vulpro in South Africa.

In Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park 184 vultures were killed in 2012 when an elephant carcass was laced with temik, a pesticide sold as rat poison.

Last year researchers in the park found only five active lappet-faced vulture nests, down from 40 in the 1970s.

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Poisoned griffin vulture 

The birds – most of them endangered white-backed vultures – appear to have died after feeding on a cow carcass laced with cyanide or aldicarb, which are both fast-acting poisons.

Read this second horrifying account by Jane Fields here

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