And yet again in Zimbabwe – 41 critically endangered white-backed vultures poisoned to death

The plight of African vultures has reached the international conservation agenda, with several species declining rapidly, up to the point that the IUCN decided recently to downgrade the conservations status of 6 species, including 4 that became now critically endangered, among which the African white-backed vulture.

One of the main factors leading to this decline is the widespread use of poison in the African continent, against predators, or sometimes used by poachers. In the last few years many cases of massive poisoning of vultures have been reported, mostly in eastern and southern Africa.

Photos: Touran Reddaway

This article was first published by the Vulture Conservation Foundation 22 January 2016

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