Save the African Vulture, the Sanitation Officer You don’t Pay

Myths and erroneous views about vultures are that these creatures are dirty and they transmit diseases.

 

But vultures rid the environment of Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Rabbis, Botulism, Brucellosis hog cholera and other deadly diseases as they eat off dead animals.

 

A single vulture is thus worth around N3, 850, 000 ($11,000) for its cleaning services promptly carried out.

However, if an elephant is poisoned for its tusks, about 500 vultures will die eating the carcass.

 

Vultures are also killed for other illegal commercial activities and traditional medicine.

 

These practices have sadly pushed various species of vultures in Africa to the brink of extinction.

 

Habitat reduction, nesting disturbance and collision with power lines also contribute to the decline in vulture population.

 

Each of the eight species of vultures known to Africa are either on the list of critically endangered, endangered or threatened wildlife and the population is fast collapsing:

1.) Ruppell’s Vulture---------------Critically Endangered

2.) White-Headed Vulture--------Critically Endangered

3.) White-Backed Vulture---------Critically Endangered

4.) Hooded Vulture-----------------Critically Endangered

5.) Egyptian Vulture----------------Endangered

6.) Cape Vulture---------------------Endangered

7.) Lappet-Faced Vulture----------Endangered

8.) Bearded Vulture-----------------Near Threatened

 

How you can help

 

Support efforts to raise the awareness about the economic and ecological importance of vultures in order to address the threat to their existence.

Vultures save Africa money with their waste disposal services, it is imperative to save them and time to act is Now.

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Join in observing the International Day for Vulture on September 3.

 

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