Saving Africa's Vultures

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Award Year: 
2017
Principal Investigator: 
William Bowerman, University of Maryland
Andre Botha, Endangered Wildlife Trust
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The “African vulture crisis” describes the decade long decline in populations of 7 of 11 vulture species in Africa that have recently been reclassified as Critically-Endangered or Endangered using IUCN criteria. Multiple human-caused stressors have been linked to vulture mortality including: poisoning, directly and in association with elephant poaching; harvesting for trade in vulture parts for traditional medicine and beliefs; alteration of habitat through changes in land use; lead poisoning from big game hunting; drowning in farm ponds; and, collisions with electrical power infrastructure. Our objective is to address this complex issue through a cooperative multinational partnership. This project will provide tools to enable policymakers, conservationists, and others to recognize and mobilize resources against the complex web of threats affecting the vultures of Africa.

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