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New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body parts News 22 May 2019
Across Africa, vultures are being captured and their body parts traded for belief-based use such as traditional medicine. This is putting additional pressure on a group of birds already threatened with extinction. Now, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation is tackling this complex issue head-on.
Lappet-faced Vulture © Ben Jobson
How Kenya is healing toxic relationship between vultures and people News 23 June 2020
With their hunched posture, bald heads and their use in cartoons to represent opportunistic greed, vultures are arguably the most misunderstood scavengers. Humans have long considered them to be the outcasts of the animal kingdom, and due to their association with death, they are feared and reviled. Yet, their swift response means carcasses are picked clean before disease particles can take hold.
White-rumped Vulture © Deepak Sankat
Latest research: vulture and ibis recovery, Amazon hotspot in peril News 16 June 2020
The world may have ground to a halt during the COVID-19 crisis, but researchers around the globe are still writing and publishing papers on key scientific discoveries. Here are three recent highlights from across the Birdlife Partnership.
Egyptian vulturer © Birdlife Europe
Working with traditional healers to end vulture poaching News 10 June 2020
In West Africa, illegal trade in vultures’ parts for belief based use spells doom for these endangered birds. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), BirdLife Partner is working with local traditional healers to create awareness on plant-based alternatives, as substitutes to vultures’ parts.
Almost all casualties were Hooded Vultures (Critically Endangered) © R. Maximiliane / Shutterstock
Investigating the mystery behind Guinea-Bissau’s mass vulture deaths News 5 May 2020
Earlier this year, the shocking, and unexplained, discovery of numerous clusters of dead vultures across Guinea-Bissau rocked the conservation world. However, investigations are shedding light on the crime behind the deaths, and ensuring a safer future for these Critically Endangered birds in the country.
5 vital projects that will continue in 2020 News 30 April 2020
The good thing about BirdLife is that, as a truly global organisation, we’re already great at staying connected, even when we’re thousands of miles apart. Here are just a few of the ways our work will carry on over the coming months, even if it’s from our living rooms…
Santa Marta Blossomcrown © Martin Mecranowski / Shutterstock
We are all connected – for worse, but also for better News 6 April 2020
The rapid spread of Coronavirus has shown us that the world is even more connected than we realised – and that our connections are also the key to facing this emergency together. Could the world’s rallying cry against current crisis be a hopeful sign of the environmental sea change to come?
Straw-headed Bulbul pair © Pixabay
A new action plan to keep the Straw-headed Bulbul singing News 16 December 2019
Captured from the wild for its beautiful voice, the Straw-headed Bulbul is now Critically Endangered. But at its final stronghold in Singapore, a new collaboration between NGOs, governments and businesses could help it to stage a comeback.
Critical decisions made for vultures, songbirds & other birds threatened by illegal trade News 11 September 2019
At a crucial meeting in Switzerland last month, governments of more than 180 countries made critical decisions to manage the escalating international trade in wildlife including vultures, songbirds, hornbills, parrots and a number of other bird species. Here are some of the highlights.
BirdLife calls for Urgent High-level Support for African Vultures News 28 June 2019
BirdLife International is unequivocally condemning the recent poisoning of 537 Critically Endangered vultures by elephant poachers in the Central District of Botswana.
Saiga populations have plummeted from millions to under 130,000 © Victor Tyakht
New partnership to protect underdog species from direct threats News 3 June 2019
Four leading NGOs have joined forces through Restore Species to tackle illegal and unsustainable hunting, trade, and poisoning of animal species worldwide.
Lappet-faced Vultures (Endangered) were among the casualties © Andre Botha
Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid response to poisoning News 4 February 2019
On Sunday morning, a wildlife ranger in Nairobi, Kenya discovered 20 dead and 5 critically ill vultures slumped around a poisoned hyena carcass. Despite these tragic casualties, a rapid response protocol set up with the help of BirdLife almost certainly saved the lives of many more.