Saving Africa's Vultures

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      Thanks for visiting BirdLife International's Saving Africa's Vultures Appeal Page and helping us save these highly persecuted birds from extinction. 


      Vultures are declining at an alarming rate; in West Africa alone, some species have lost 95% of their populations.

      Wherever you go similar problems can be found.  Poisoning, persecution, disturbance to breeding birds, an increasing lack of natural food and modern energy industry developments are all taking their toll.  The fact is vultures are being hit from all sides.


      With the demise of vultures comes a problem on an economic and social scale as yet uncalculated and certainly unrealised.  Vultures provide a vital ecological service benefiting humankind immeasurably. They are nature's scavengers - clearing up carcasses and waste that would otherwise rot and spread disease.  Their cultural significance and economic value should not be underestimated either.  Ironic perhaps, that a family of birds associated with death in so many cultures are now caught up in their own fatal metaphor.   


      In response to the mounting threat, BirdLife Partners have joined forces across Africa to take swift and coordinated action for its eleven vulture species. 


      There's a great deal to be done now, while the chance to make a difference remains - and we need your help.  Every donation made to our appeal will fund urgently required conservation like government advocacy, the creation of 'Vulture Safe Zones', public education and awareness and further scientific research to unlock innovative solutions with which to solve this problem once and for all. 


      Your support is vital to this work and will make a real difference to its success.  So please, dig deep, donate now and help us keep Africa's threatened vultures flying as high as they should be. 


      Tackling widespread threats to entire families of birds like this are very difficult but our experience shows coordinated action can be highly successful when we apply the right resources in an integrated way.

      Donations from people like you makes an enormous difference.