New paper reveals diet composition and the continued risk of toxic drug contamination for Gyps vultures in India.

By Mary Davies | 28th March 2024

DNA techniques used on faecal material collected from vultures across India reveal that domestic ungulates still predominate as the main food source of White-rumped and Long-billed Vultures, even for those using protected areas. The findings are of great importance for vulture conservation in India because they show that vultures would still be exposed to any…

SAVE welcomes India’s latest move towards banning of veterinary drug nimesulide

By Mary Davies | 22nd March 2024

The Drugs Technical Advisory Board of India (DTABI) has formally recommended a national ban of the veterinary drug nimesulide, known to be highly toxic to vultures. The statement (reported by the reputable magazine Pharmabiz this week) was made by the Indian Health Ministry and Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) following a meeting held in…

Special Vulture Edition of Hornbill made available online

By Mary Davies | 21st March 2024

We’re delighted to announce that the Bombay Natural History Society have kindly made the Vulture Special edition of their in-house magazine “Hornbill” freely available online:   The edition, entirely devoted to vultures, was belatedly published last year and includes numerous key articles from each of the SAVE countries, especially highlighting the Vulture Safe Zone…

New tracking paper from Nepal: Movements, survival rates and mortality causes of wild and released vultures

By Mary Davies | 23rd February 2024

A paper just published in the international ornithological journal Ibis describes annual survival rates and home range sizes of wild White-rumped Vultures Gyps bengalensis and compares them to those of birds released from the conservation breeding programme in Nepal. A total of 99 birds were fitted with GPS telemetry devices between 2017 and 2022, 50…

New paper: India’s vulture populations have stabilised but are not recovering

By Mary Davies | 11th January 2024

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…

SAVE the date – Online Open Day 6th February 2024

By Mary Davies | 12th December 2023

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