Call for nimesulide ban – New evidence of wild vultures intoxicated in India

An important paper published recently documents the deaths of four endangered vultures in Gujarat, India with the evidence clearly indicating that they died of gout, typical of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) poisoning, and where nimesulide was detected at high levels in the vulture tissues. Nimesulide, an increasingly popular veterinary painkiller and NSAID used for treating cattle…

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Poison Response Training in Cambodia and Poison Bait Resources

Following the recent high profile mortality incident in Nepal, and earlier ones mainly in Assam India, the poison response training held in Cambodia last year was a very significant step for SAVE. From the annual SAVE meeting and updated Blueprint activities, it was already clear that there is a need for greater attention on addressing…

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Nepal poison bait incident kills 69 vultures

The tragic scene – Photos BCN/ Deu Bahadur Rana At least 69 vultures died in farmland of the terai in Nepal this week. Apparently local villagers illegally used poison to kill stray dogs, and these dog carcasses were then eaten by the vultures, killing them. News of the event, which was 50km west from the…

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Diclofenac claims first vulture victim in Europe

First evidence of a vulture killed by veterinary diclofenac in Spain – will the Spanish government and the EU act after this smoking gun event? The diclofenac-poisoned Cinereous Vulture lies dead in its nest © GSM Agents Rurals A new paper documents the death of a fledgling Cinereous Vulture found in a nest in Catalonia,…

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Our new anthem to celebrate 10 years of SAVE

SAVE was set up in 2011 and, although we are still faced with many challenges for vulture conservation in South and south East Asia, there is so much that has been achieved. To mark the considerable progress and achievements we wanted to find a way to celebrate. We have great pleasure in presenting the SAVE…

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10th Annual SAVE Report and updated Blueprint

We have now compiled our annual SAVE report with summaries and details of achievements across  Asia region in 2020. This also includes the substantially updated Blueprint Recovery Plan (also available here as a separate document). Unfortunately, the November 2020 meeting was online for the first time due to Covid restrictions. However, this brought advantages of…

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Nepal: First chick hatches in the wild from release programme

It is now the vulture breeding season in Nepal and the team based at the Pithauli release site have been observing wild birds getting busy: roosting together, mating, collecting nesting materials, building nests and incubating. It is with great interest that some of the vultures released from captivity have been closely watched showing such breeding…

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Bangladesh first country to declare national ketoprofen ban

The Cabinet of the Bangladesh Government, chaired by the Prime Minister, has taken a landmark decision, approving a national ban of production, sale and use of ketoprofen to safeguard the small remaining vulture populations in the country. Bangladesh is the first country worldwide to ban any of the drugs now known to be toxic to…

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Oman declares veterinary diclofenac ban

There is welcome news as Oman becomes the first country in the Arabian Peninsula to ban veterinary diclofenac, following the examples set by India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Iran. The ban has been imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, a move welcomed by the Environment Society of Oman (ESO). Diclofenac…

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10th SAVE Meeting Presentations Available

Many thanks to those of you who participated in or were able to attend our first online open day on 24th November. We are delighted to be able to make all of the main presentations from this year’s event available here. If you missed any sessions or were otherwise unable to attend, please take advantage…

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