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Dec 13, 2007

African White-backed Vulture Conservation

African white-backed vulture conservation and research programme from Hawk Conservancy Trust 

Working with vultures in South Africa, monitoring them to ensure survival 

Since 2001 The Hawk Conservancy Trust has investigated and helped monitor the breeding numbers, breeding distribution and foraging behaviour of the African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus (AWbV) in relation to land use practices around Kimberley, South Africa. Methods have consisted of microlight aircraft and ground surveys, farmer questionnaire surveys and annual ringing expeditions. 240 nesting pairs, six breeding colonies and a total of 650 vultures have been identified.

Calculated populations are higher than previous estimates. Patterns in vulture activity and frequency have been assessed. Major threats to AWbVs in the project area have been identified. In conjunction with the project partners, recommendations to address the conservation management of AWbVs have been made, and include: Powerline modification Reservoir modification,The continued establishment of vulture restaurants, Further studies of vulture foraging ranges, Continuation of the annual ringing and identification programme.

Developed by:  Hawk Conservancy Trust

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