VULNERABLE FLEDGLING VULTURES ALERT
Hartbeespoortdam – The Cape Vulture is facing extinction due to human activity and populations are declining at an alarming rate.
Fewer than 4,200 Cape Vulture breeding pairs remain. Colonies in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland have already been wiped out and are now considered extinct. African White-backed Vultures have declined by more than 96% over the past few decades.
Despite this, the next generation of vultures have arrived, and vulture chicks are spreading their wings to leave the nests. Unfortunately, the first few weeks of flight are also when fledglings are at their most vulnerable. They can easily exceed their limits and become stranded. Unable to return to their nest, they are very likely to die of starvation and/or dehydration. Without human intervention, they will certainly die.
VulPro would like to ask the public to be on the lookout for young birds in distress. VulPro will collect and rehabilitate as many individuals as possible to curb further population declines. With proper treatment these fledglings will be released into the wild again.
Just last week VulPro took in an injured Cape Vulture fledgling from the Eastern Cape, the first for the season. This bird has lost a lot of weight and collided with a fence in an attempt to get airborne. This bird is showing signs of progress and will hopefully make a speedy and full recovery.
VulPro press release, 14 October 2019
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