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A consortium of 24 Partners working together to implement agreed priority actions listed in the annually reviewed ‘Blueprint for the Recovery of Asia’s Globally Threatened Vultures

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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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September 2019: Harnessing Workshop for Vultures brings world experts together

A three-day workshop called by the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group (VSG) and hosted 20-22 August by the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent UK successfully brought together 15 of the world’s leading tagging experts, from nine countries, plus a further ten vulture experts including from South Asia. There were key presentations by Dr Rory…

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September 2019: National Vulture Action Plan for India

Vulture experts and Government officials met in Kolkata in September to agree the outline of an updated National Vulture Action Plan. Inspector General (Wildlife) from the Ministry of Environment Dr Soumitra Dasgupta, called the meeting involving senior officials from various states, and the Member Secretary of the Central Zoo Authority Dr SP Yadav. The meeting…

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August 2019: SAVE Presence at UK Bird Fair

  Over 23,000 people visited UK’s Bird Fair over three days, and many could meet SAVE Partners and members at the stand to learn more about what we do. The stand attracted plenty of attention, 80 people gave us their contact details asking for regular updates, and we were delighted to have SAVE team members…

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August 2019: New SAVE Associate Member: Neo Human Foundation, Jharkhand.

The SAVE Board has formally approved the Indian NGO, Neo Human Foundation (NHF) for the two year initial term as SAVE Associate. NHF and the activities of the President, Dr Satya Prakash have been strongly aligned with SAVE since its creation. Dr Satya Prakash has attended and provided reports and materials at both Vulture Safe…

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July 2019: Cambodia Government bans veterinary use of diclofenac

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia has banned the veterinary sale and use of diclofenac in the Kingdom with immediate effect. The Government has taken this measure to safeguard the remaining Cambodian vulture population, which is declining and threatened with extinction. “Diclofenac, whilst harmless to cattle and other livestock, results in death…

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June 2019: SAVE at UK Birdwatching Fair 16-18 August 2019

Anyone in the UK who is interested to meet members of the SAVE Partnership and to learn more about what we do, please come and find us in Marquee 8, stand 48 of the largest annual gathering of birdwatchers in the world at Birdfair, Rutland Water Nature Reserve. We will be displaying materials, showing videos,…

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June 2019: Good news for vultures in Nepal: evidence that the Vulture Safe Zones approach is working

The most positive news to emerge so far from studies of the catastrophic decline of vulture populations in South Asia has been reported in a new paper in Bird Conservation International (Galligan et al. Bird Conservation International doi:10.1017/S0959270919000169). Populations of White-rumped, Indian and Slender-billed Vultures declined rapidly across the whole on the Indian subcontinent, beginning…

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May 2019: 9th Annual SAVE Meeting dates announced

We are delighted that the BNHS vulture team at Pinjore Haryana, together with the Haryana State Government will be hosting this year’s SAVE meeting on 5th and 6th November in India. If you would like to attend, kindly contact the SAVE Programme Manager, at Chris.Bowden@rspb.org.uk and more details will be confirmed nearer the time. Meanwhile,…

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