Diclofenac claims first vulture victim in Europe

By Mary Davies | 8th April 2021

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,…

Our new anthem to celebrate 10 years of SAVE

By Mary Davies | 6th April 2021

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…

10th Annual SAVE Report and updated Blueprint

By Mary Davies | 1st April 2021

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…

Nepal: First chick hatches in the wild from release programme

By Mary Davies | 23rd March 2021

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…

Bangladesh first country to declare national ketoprofen ban

By Mary Davies | 18th February 2021

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…

Oman declares veterinary diclofenac ban

By Mary Davies | 14th December 2020

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…