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BirdLife calls for Urgent High-level Support for African Vultures

Date posted: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019

BirdLife Botswana strongly condemns the recent poisoning of vultures in the country

Vulture populations are in many cases poisoned when eating large animal carcasses (like the one above) that have been poisoned © BirdLife Botswana

BirdLife Botswana (BirdLife Partner) is unequivocally condemning the recent poisoning of 537 highly endangered vultures by elephant poachers in the Central District of Botswana. This devastating incident has resulted in the country’s highest recorded death toll of vultures associated with a single poisoning incident and is one of the worst killings of vultures on the continent, rivaling a similar incident in the Caprivi area of Namibia in 2013, where between 400-600 vultures were killed.

Although the Botswana government appears to be stepping up its anti-poaching initiatives, catastrophic vulture mortality continues to occur because of poisoning by poachers. Poachers poison vultures to stop them circling above carcasses — thus signaling their illegal activity. Read the complete story here.

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