SAVE the date!! – SAVE Open Day 2023

We are very excited to announce that the SAVE Open Day will take place on Tuesday 24th January 2023 and is now open for registration. The programme (GMT) is shown below: 7.30-7.55 Welcome, Opening address and Highlights of 2022 7.55-8.40 Country updates 2022 from Pakistan, Nepal and India with Q&A 8.50-9.30 Country updates 2022 from…

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Further Conclusive Evidence shows Aceclofenac Ban is Overdue

The veterinary painkiller drug aceclofenac very quickly metabolises into diclofenac in cattle, and an important new study by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) and collaborators shows that the same is true in water buffalo as well as in cows. Diclofenac used as a painkiller for cattle (an now banned for veterinary use in many…

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First SAVE tagging workshop held at Pinjore

With the growing emphasis and need for GSM and PTT tagging of vultures to understand survival rates as well as movements and the safety of areas for releases of captive vultures from the breeding programme, it is crucial to fit the tags as efficiently and safely as possible. An IUCN Vulture Specialist Group workshop held…

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International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) 2022 in the SAVE region

White-rumped vulture Changa manga, Pakistan Saturday 3rd September was International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD), and partners of SAVE were busy in all six range countries spreading awareness of vultures and the challenges they face. In Bangladesh, the Forest Department and IUCN Bangladesh hosted an event at the Hoimanti Auditorium, in Dhaka. This event was graced…

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Dr. Ram Jakati – A stalwart of vulture conservation in India

It is with great sadness that we heard last week that SAVE and vulture stalwart Dr Ram Jakati passed away following a long battle with cancer. We have conveyed our condolences to his wife and family. Dr Jakati, who was Chief Wildlife Warden for the Forest Department in Haryana for many years, played a key…

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SAVE Programme Manager awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

We are delighted to share the news that our very own Chris Bowden has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to environmental science and international vulture conservation. Chris’ career has seen him make a substantial contribution to saving four bird species from the brink of global extinction (Northern bald…

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Tamil Nadu prosecutes diclofenac offenders

As reported in the Indian press, ‘The Hindu’ – The office of the Director of Drugs Control, Tamil Nadu has registered over 100 cases against suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers of diclofenac. Since the 2006 ban of veterinary diclofenac, and the vial size restriction to 3ml needed for human use, this is the first time…

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Exciting news from the Vulture release programme in Nepal

The ultimate goal of any breeding programme involving critically endangered species is to be able to supplement wild populations to prevent their extinction. But within this overall aim, there are several other criteria that ideally need to be met. These include released birds behaving in ways similar to their wild counterparts; to successfully breed, perhaps…

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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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