Vulture populations in the Maasai Mara, Kenya have declined by up to 60%.
Maasai Mara team during the exchange © NatureKenya
Wildlife poisoning driven by human-wildlife conflict is a leading threat to the survival of vultures in East Africa. Vulture populations in the Maasai Mara, Kenya have declined by up to 60% (Virani et al. 2011) and will continue on this trajectory if illegal wildlife poisoning is not stopped.
Communities living adjacent to protected areas are at most risk of facing frequent conflict with wildlife, often loosing livestock as prey to carnivores. In response, some herders resort to baiting carcasses with poison to eliminate predators. Poisoning is indiscriminate and leads to the deaths of many animals, the most numerous victims are the vultures. One cow carcass can kill over 150 Critically Endangered vultures. Read this stimulating story here.