EU LIFE Egyptian Vulture Project
This project seeks to increase the conservation of the only migratory vulture species between Europe and Africa – Egyptian Vulture. This fits nicely into the overall advocacy plan of NCF and serves as a continuation of the previous project on Stakeholders’ engagement. The project funded by the EU under the EU LIFE project is being implemented by 18 members across the flyways (Breeding grounds, stop-over sites and the wintering grounds).
The main objective of the Project is to reduce adult mortality through persecution for traditional medicine and to increase awareness and support for the conservation of Egyptian Vultures and other vulture species.
So far, a total of 10 wildlife markets were visited across Kano and Sokoto States as well as Veterinary Practitioners to evaluate the magnitude of damages to Egyptian Vultures due to poisoning (intentional or unintentional) with investigations on agricultural chemical use, veterinary medical product use, and poison for control of carnivores’ population.
The market survey revealed that prices of vulture vary from N5,000 to N40,000 depending if it is alive or dead and the location of the market. The uses of vulture parts include: Ritual rites for the cure of evil attack; Hunted for domestic food and good protein supplement; vulture egg is also used for money-making rituals; and ritual rite for the cure for madness. It was further gathered that vultures are sourced from different countries around Nigeria - Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and Chad. It also gathered that licensed and unlicensed veterinary drugs are used by farmers for different purposes which may eventually end of affecting vulture species.
Apart from gathering data on socio-economic, NCF is reviewing national legislation on pesticides and dangerous drugs affecting vulture in Nigeria. This is to identify areas for provision for changes that will help protect vulture.
NCF has driven a national advocacy for the conservation of Egyptian Vulture among which includes A Mile for Egyptian Vulture- a Bicycle event that witnessed more than 500 cyclers/participants commuting across a distance approximately 1 mile to create awareness about the species in 2019. Following up with the advocacy event is the celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day which attracted over 1,000 people across 5 Nigerian States- Lagos, Enugu, Oyo, Yobe, and Kano which host wildlife market hubs and hotspots for Vulture in Nigeria. NCF also erected a Save Egyptian Vulture Outdoor billboard in Abuja that has generated great attention from over 2,000,000 passers-by and users of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
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News links for the save Egyptian vulture campaign
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.