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Up to 100 vulture deaths prevented by rapid response to poisoning

Date posted: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Wildlife ranger in Nairobi discovered dead and critically ill vultures at a poisoned carcass. 

Lappet-faced Vultures (Endangered) were among the casualties © Andre Botha

On the morning of the 27th of January, Eric Ole Reson was on his routine patrol on the Northern border of the Masai Mara when he spotted a group of vultures struggling to fly. Concerned, he hurried towards them, and stumbled across a tragic scene: 20 vultures lay dead around a hyena carcass, all of them Globally Threatened species including the Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos (Endangered) and Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppelli (Critically Endangered)Beside them, six more vultures thrashed about in a critically ill state.

But despite this horrifying diorama, Reson didn’t panic or despair – he took action immediately. Read the full story here.

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