Another veterinary drug, nimesulide, confirmed toxic to vultures

A paper published in the current issue of Science of the Total Environment (here) confirms that the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), nimesulide, is toxic to vultures, following safety testing of the drug on vultures in South Africa. Since the banning of veterinary diclofenac, the NSAID which drove three species of Gyps vultures to near-extinction in…

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Welcome to BirdLife International Our 25th SAVE Partner

SAVE announces the addition of BirdLife International as its latest member, and Core Partner. BirdLife has always been closely associated and supportive of SAVE, but this fully recognises the important role it plays. Vinayagan Dharmarajah, the Asia regional director (and long-term vulture fan) based in Singapore has become increasingly involved in various aspects of SAVE…

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Indian Government honours Vibhu Prakash and Vulture Programme

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav,  awarded Dr Vibhu Prakash of the Bombay Natural History Society the Directors Prani Mitra Award 2021 for his role in vulture conservation. The award is for the ex-situ work in particular, and was made in the presence of Shri Kiritsinh Rana, Hon’ble Minister…

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February 2020: India’s Vultures Policy Summary

A new policy summary highlighting the key actions needed for conserving India’s vultures has been agreed between the Indian SAVE Partners with support from SAVE. It highlights those key actions detailed for India in the SAVE Blueprint http://save-vultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SAVE-Blueprint-2019.pdf – but also lists key facts and figures together with the critical references drawn upon in this 8-sides…

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January 2020: Myanmar approves new Vulture Conservation Action Plan

Contributed by BANCA A conservation action plan for vultures in Myanmar has just been finalised, signalling a revitalisation of efforts to protect vultures by government and conservationists in the country. Myanmar is one of the last remaining strongholds for vultures in South-east Asia, where hunting and habitat in particular have devastated the carrion-base on which…

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November 2019: 9th Annual SAVE Meeting featured on Bangladesh National TV

Between 4th and 6th November 2019, the ninth annual meeting of the Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (SAVE) consortium took place near to the Haryana ‘Jatayu Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre’ in India. 40 attendees, representing all six range countries, Chief Wildlife Wardens from Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and West Bengal, the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, and…

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October 2019: Third release in Nepal – for Critically Endangered White-rumped Vultures

Having released the first captive-bred vultures in the world in 2018, on October 19th 2019 the Government of Nepal, Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and other national and international conservation organisations released a further 13 White-rumped Vultures Gyps bengalensis into the wild – six were captive-bred juveniles, and seven were slightly older captive-reared birds. Early in…

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September 2019: Update on Nepal Vulture Releases

Nepal was the first country to release captive-reared and captive-bred Critically Endangered White-rumped Vultures into the wild, and this October a further 13 birds (seven captive-reared and six captive-bred) are due for release at Pithauli, Nawalparasi district. The birds are currently building up their strength and assimilating with wild vultures in the pre-release aviary at…

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