2008 News Summary

•Catching teams increase numbers at Nepal’s vulture conservation breeding centre.

•Variable population trends for Himalayan griffon vultures in Nepal.

•Review of vulture conservation programme published.

•Loss of India’s vultures estimated to have cost US$ 34 billion from 1993-2006.

•Nepal’s vulture team visits India for training on vulture breeding programme.

•BNHS vulture conservation breeding centre produces the world’s first two fledglings.

•India’s government orders drug firms to re-label diclofenac products in boost for vultures.

•Nepal makes rapid progress on constructing a breeding centre and catching vultures.

•The Rufford Foundation provides welcome funds for vultures.

•BirdLife makes worldwide progress for preventing veterinary diclofenac.

•Establishment of Governing Councils puts India vulture centres on secure footing.

•World Association of Zoos and Aquarians (WAZA) recognises vulture centres.

•BNHS surveys indicates white-backed vultures have decreased by 99.9% from levels in the early 1990s.

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