Friday, November 19, 2010
Flying with Cape Vultures
Pretty cool video!
This is Kerri Wolters flying with Cape Vultures in South Africa.
The major threat to these birds is poison, much of it made in the United States and which has also been implicated in massive numbers of lion poisonings.
Another problem is Diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drug (NSAID), used on cattle and horses, but toxic to old-world vultures.
A final problem has been unbridled tourism, which has disturbed the limited number of breeding areas for these birds.
Conservation efforts are now underway, headed by Vulture Conservation South Africa.