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Our new partnership with Project Ranger will ramp...

Fri, 04/09/2020
Through an exciting new partnership, BirdLife is helping rangers continue to combat poaching in difficult times and bringing vultures into the spotlight among the more high profile victims of wildlife trade.
Red-headed Vultures © Bjorn Olesen

Landmark policy resolution creates new hope for...

Wed, 02/09/2020
A new international agreement could prove a major step forward towards our mission of ensuring vultures are safe from poisoning across their entire range.
Bali Myna (Critically Endangered) © omepl1 / Shutterstock

Six songs that could soon go silent across Asia’s...

Tue, 25/08/2020
Listen to the beautiful songs of birds brought to the brink of extinction by the illegal wildlife trade, and find out how you can help us stop this profound threat to nature and human health
There are only 50 Javan Pied Starlings left in the wild - and 1 million in cages © Ding Li Yong

More caged birds than wild: Javan songbird crisis...

Wed, 12/08/2020
In Java, there are now more songbirds in cages than in forests. Fierce demand for lucrative song competitions is driving multiple species to the brink – but in a region where bird-keeping is a cultural mainstay, complex solutions are required.
This is one helmet that sadly does not provide protection © Craig Ansibin / Shutterstock

How we're helping the Helmeted Hornbill to...

Fri, 31/07/2020
Teetering on the edge of extinction due to demand for its prized 'casque', the Helmeted Hornbill now finds itself with a fighting chance of survival thanks to bolstered law enforcement and patrols of its dwindling forest habitat
Lappet-faced Vulture © Ben Jobson

How Kenya is healing toxic relationship between...

Tue, 23/06/2020
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,...

Tue, 16/06/2020
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...

Wed, 10/06/2020
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...

Tue, 05/05/2020
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

Thu, 30/04/2020
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...

Mon, 06/04/2020
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...

Mon, 16/12/2019
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...

Wed, 11/09/2019
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...

Fri, 28/06/2019

BirdLife International is unequivocally condemning the rec

Saiga populations have plummeted from millions to under 130,000 © Victor Tyakht

New partnership to protect underdog species from...

Mon, 03/06/2019
Four leading NGOs have joined forces through Restore Species to tackle illegal and unsustainable hunting, trade, and poisoning of animal species worldwide.

New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body...

Wed, 22/05/2019
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 Vultures (Endangered) were among the casualties © Andre Botha

Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid...

Mon, 04/02/2019
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.
A Helmeted Hornbill guards its nest, hidden in the tree. © Thipwan / Shutterstock

Saving the Helmeted Hornbill

Tue, 18/12/2018
The Helmeted Hornbill is under threat from a resurgence in demand for carvings made from its solid red casque. The trade is so intense that the bird is now Critically Endangered. Can it be saved?