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.
Summarising this months topics, they include:
Immediate Action Needed to Save Declining Vultures in Africa.
Showing only “doom and gloom” would cripple conservation action.
Environmental protection is vital for Tanzania’s industrial economy plan.
Conservation in a Social Context.
New Protected Environment Declared in South Africa.
La terre des génies aux portes de Dakar, sanctuaire pour le phaéton à bec rouge.
Conserving the environment is vital for an industrialized Tanzania, as the country moves towards its vision of a thriving economy by 2025, local environmental groups and advocates have said.
The country’s Mara Water Users Association in collaboration with BirdLife International, stressed this during events marking World Environment Day in the Butiama District of the Mara region, which has been exposed to various environmental threats.
A visit to Dullstroom and its surrounding grasslands is on the bucket list of many birders in South Africa and internationally.
On Reunion, a small, French-owned volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, situated between Madagascar and Mauritius an EU-funded research group have found for the first time a breeding colony of the Mascarene Petrel Pseudobulweria aterrima. This is yet another Critically Endangered seabird, and indeed one of the 15 rarest and most threatened bird species in the world, with an estimated global population of just 100-200.
Seabirds undertake some of the most incredible migratory journeys in the world. Take the Arctic Tern, for example, whose travels from pole to pole every year exceed a whopping distance of 80,000 km, or many shearwaters and skuas, with journeys of tens of thousands of km, often across ocean basins. Protecting such highly migratory bird species is a challenge, as different scientists, institutions or NGOs gather local data and try to safeguard their patch of ocean with limited funds.
VulPro vulture conservation and rehabilitation centre is very excited to announce that it will be holding a fundraising gala on the 1st of September 2017.
This is a very important event for Vulpro as it assists with raising funds which are used to continue their vitally important conservation work.
The gala will be taking place at the beautiful Leopard Lodge in Hartbeespoort Dam and we can promise it will be a night to remember!
A long-distance flyer, the Turtle-dove migrates from its European breeding grounds to winter in Africa. All three main migratory flyways – western via France and Spain, central via Italy and eastern via Greece – present perilous hurdles including lack of food and water, hunting and illegal killing as well as sea and desert crossings to reach sub-Saharan Africa.
‘Birds know no borders’ – this oft-cited observation is especially pertinent in Europe, writes Dr. Ian Burfield and Anna Staneva in their introduction to BirdLife International’s latest publication ‘European Birds of Conservation Concern’. On a continent comprised of some 50, mostly small, countries and territories, that is home to around 540 wild bird species, it can be exceptionally challenging to identify which countries should take on most responsibility for conserving individual species.
The world's largest tropical lake spans three countries and nourishes both the rich wildlife and the impoverished communities that live around it. But its resources have also attracted less desirable attention - such as traffickers targeting iconic birds such as the Shoebill.