New paper reveals diet composition and the continued risk of toxic drug contamination for Gyps vultures in India.

DNA techniques used on faecal material collected from vultures across India reveal that domestic ungulates still predominate as the main food source of White-rumped and Long-billed Vultures, even for those using protected areas. The findings are of great importance for vulture conservation in India because they show that vultures would still be exposed to any…

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Special Vulture Edition of Hornbill made available online

We’re delighted to announce that the Bombay Natural History Society have kindly made the Vulture Special edition of their in-house magazine “Hornbill” freely available online: https://www.bnhs.org/public/hornbill_pdf/1697527550.pdf   The edition, entirely devoted to vultures, was belatedly published last year and includes numerous key articles from each of the SAVE countries, especially highlighting the Vulture Safe Zone…

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New tracking paper from Nepal: Movements, survival rates and mortality causes of wild and released vultures

A paper just published in the international ornithological journal Ibis describes annual survival rates and home range sizes of wild White-rumped Vultures Gyps bengalensis and compares them to those of birds released from the conservation breeding programme in Nepal. A total of 99 birds were fitted with GPS telemetry devices between 2017 and 2022, 50…

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New paper: India’s vulture populations have stabilised but are not recovering

Extensive road transects carried out by BNHS for the eighth time since 1992 have provided the longest-term and most comprehensive information available on changes in vulture numbers in India. An update, based upon survey data collected in 2022, was published online in Bird Conservation International this week, demonstrating that populations of the drastically depleted resident…

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SAVE the date – Online Open Day 6th February 2024

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our annual SAVE online open day on 6th February 2024. Please register here 7.30am – 11.00am GMT Starting time: Pakistan: 12.30, India: 13.00, Nepal: 13.15, Bangladesh: 13.30, Myanmar: 14.00, Cambodia: 14.30, Singapore: 15.30, UK:  07.30, Central Europe: 08.30. Programme Please register here

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New paper about the toxicity to vultures of the veterinary drug Nimesulide published by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute

  A new experimental study led by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute confirms the acute toxicity to vultures of veterinary painkiller, nimesulide. The authors point out that, with equally affordable and safe alternatives available, there is no justification for continued licensing of this drug which poses a major threat to vulture populations. The scientifically controlled…

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First Successful Tagging of Red-headed Vultures in Cambodia

Two Red-headed vultures have been satellite tagged in Cambodia. The first, a juvenile, was successfully caught and tagged on 29 July 2023 by the Rising Phoenix team in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary (SPWS), in northern Cambodia. Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary is arguably the last stronghold for Cambodian vultures and an important focus for Rising Phoenix…

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International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) 2023 in the SAVE Region

International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is the annual event celebrated globally to highlight the crucial role that vultures play in ecosystems and to raise awareness about the conservation challenges they face. On this day, organizations, conservationists, and nature enthusiasts come together to educate the public about the importance of vultures in maintaining ecological balance and…

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Vulture Conservation Action Plan Unveiled in Nepal to Safeguard Threatened Species

In a collaborative effort led by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Department of Forests and Soil Conservation (DoFSC) under the Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal, a renewed and updated Vulture Conservation Action Plan (VCAP) for the years 2023 to 2027 has been developed. This comprehensive strategy, developed…

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