Old World Vultures

11 species

Eleven species of vulture are endangered, including the white-­rumped vulture. In 2009, our scientists helped colleagues at the Angkor Centre for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Cambodia save a poisoned white­-rumped vulture that had fed on a carcass containing diclofenac, a veterinary drug for cattle known to harm the birds.

In Africa, intentional poisoning is having a dire effect on vultures. It comes in two forms primarily. Lions are poisoned so they don't prey on livestock and their carcasses are then consumed by vultures. Or, vultures are intentionally poisoned by elephant poachers since circling vultures could tip off anti-poaching patrols to the location of illegal killings.

Either way, the decline of vital vulture populations across the continent is rapidly approaching that documented in Asia. WCS is working to stop the carnivore-livestock conflicts at the heart of the problem.

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