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New project tackles illegal trade in vulture body parts

Date posted: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation is tackling this complex issue head-on.

White-backed Vulture © BenJobson

In Nigeria and across Africa, vultures are being killed so that their body parts can be used for various belief-based practices, including traditional medicine. This is a severe threat for a group of birds already beleaguered by poisoning and habitat loss.

But on the 8th of May, scientists, officials and community members gathered at Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, to launch an exciting new project to combat this threat. The title: “Combatting the West African illegal trade in threatened vultures and their parts for belief-based use.” Developed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in partnership with BirdLife Africa and funded by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), this two-year project aims to tackle this complex issue at its source.

The event was attended by a series of Celebrity Vulture Ambassadors including famous musicians such as Peter Uduak, popularly known as Tito Da Fire, movie producers and actors like voice-over artist and on-air personality Seyi Asurf, producer Tope Alake and actor Mallam Shehu Kano. Read the full story here.

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