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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SAVE welcomes India’s move to ban aceclofenac and ketoprofen

The Drugs Technical Advisory Board of India has formally recommended national bans of two veterinary drugs known to be highly toxic to vultures. The statement was made by the Indian Health Ministry and Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO), and further reinforced at the Delhi High Court hearing this week. Both drugs are painkillers, frequently…

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Two new films showcasing vulture conservation

As always there is some fantastic work going on across the SAVE region, and two examples of this have recently been made into short films. We have previously shared the news about the final releases of birds in Nepal. The RSPB have recently commissioned a short film on this which can be seen here With…

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Poison bait deaths in Nepal and Bangladesh highlight value of tagging

Following the recent release of the final captive birds in Nepal, it was devastating to hear that a poisoning bait incident had happened nearby. On the morning of 13th March, 2023, six White-rumped Vultures were discovered dead in Kerunga River near the dumping site of Kawasoti Municipality. The authorities, including the Division Forest office, Chitwan…

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