The Vulture Crisis

Griffon Vulture are found on all three continents © Emmanuel Keller

We need to talk about vultures.

It's too important not to put this in perspective: across Asia, Africa and Europe, vultures are in serious trouble. These unsung heroes face mass poisonings, catastrophic and unprecedented population declines, and negative perceptions – when in fact they are nature's sanitary workers, worthy of celebration.

If effective action is not taken now, 11 of 16 vulture species in Africa, Asia and Europe are at risk of extinction in our lifetimes (8 are categorised as Critically Endangered; 3 are Endangered). The loss of their free scavenging service would be a disaster for people too.

This is why the BirdLife Partnership is working across three continents, and through international policy, to save our so-ugly-they-are-beautiful and important disease-defying vultures. Please follow the links below to find out more, and what you can do to help.


© Jonathan Eames

Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction

In the 1990s, 99% of the Indian subcontinent’s vultures were wiped out by the use of the veterinary drug, diclofenac, given to cattle but lethal to vultures feeding on their carcasses. BirdLife helped push for a ban of veterinary diclofenac in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, allowing for for populations to slowly stabilise, but they are still nowhere near what they once were. However, we are turning things around through the work of the SAVE partnership, through education, protection, captive breeding, advocacy and legislation.




© K. Penhallow, V. Anufriyeva

Can you imagine Africa without soaring vultures?

African vulture populations have collapsed in the last 30 years, with poisoning the major threat. Considering the role vultures have in cleaning carcasses, the loss of African vultures would be disastrous and cost economies dearly in waste disposal. It is a moral and social imperative to act now to save them.



© Ben Kerckx

Ban Vet Diclofenac

Given what we know about the effect of veterinary non-sterroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on Asia's vultures, it is incredible that in 2014 diclofenac was authorised for veterinary use in Europe. The drug is already entering the food chain, so we must ban vet diclofenac now, before Europe suffers a repeat of the Asian Vulture Crisis.





Protection through policy

One big plan to save them all

FFind out more about an international commitment through the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to save the most threatened group of terrestrial migratory birds on the planet. You can also download the draft CMS Vulture Multi-species Action Plan here.


National Action Plans

Cambodia Vulture Action Plan


Vulture stickers!



Follow the link to download and print our vulture stickers.



Latest Vulture News


Rüppell's Vulture (Critically Endangered) © Ian Dyball


The latest research on which Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are toxic to vultures

© Chris Gommersal/RSPB


More information


The first vulture poisoning crisis: Asia

Watch this video to find out how vulture populations collapsed by over 99%, how we responded, and how the SAVE partnership is working to save Asian vultures from exinction. Produced by the RSPB (BirdLife UK).


The impending crisis from a poisonous drug in Europe

Video produced with our Spanish Partner, SEO/BirdLife for the Ban Vet Diclofenac campaign.

Download our Ban Deadly Diclofenac postard here.

Vultures of Africa and Eurasia

Infographic produced with Birdorable


Infographics on the African Vulture Crisis

The Collapse of Africa's Vultures

What's killing Africa's vultures?


Worldwide, vultures are considered one of the most threatened groups of birds. Eleven African-Eurasian species are at risk of extinction in our lifetimes. Please help us now.