June 2020: How is COVID-19 affecting our work?

By Mary Davies | 3rd June 2020

You might be wondering how the network of Asian vulture conservationists have been coping with the pandemic crisis, and whether things are still on track. Thankfully we don’t believe anyone working in the partnership has been directly affected by the virus so far, but there have still been some very serious consequences. The effects in…

May 2020: Breeding Colony of White-rumped Vultures Discovered in Laos!

By Mary Davies | 5th May 2020

Two white-rumped vultures were fitted with GSM tags in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary Cambodia at a feeding station in early March in an attempt to discover where Siem Pang’s white-rumped vultures nest. The white-rumped vulture has always been the most common vulture attending feeding stations in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary but they have only ever…

April 2020: Nepal: Released White-rumped Vultures Now Travelling Far and Wide

By Mary Davies | 23rd April 2020

Since 2017, 31 captive-reared and captive-bred1 White-rumped Vultures Gyps bengalensis have been released and fitted with GPS telemetry tags, which allows us to monitor the movements and survival of these Critically Endangered birds. By following them, along with 30 wild birds also fitted with GPS tags, and investigating the cause of mortality of any vultures…

April 2020: Bangladesh Himalayan Griffon release & SAVE wing tagging plans

By Mary Davies | 20th April 2020

On 4 April 2020, 12 rehabilitated Himalayan Griffon Vultures and 1 Cinereous Vulture were released from the Vulture Rescue Centre in Singra National Park, Dinajpur District, Northern Bangladesh. The centre is managed by the Vulture Conservation Initiative of Bangladesh, spearheaded by IUCN Bangladesh and Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD), with the technical and financial support of…

March 2020: Updated SAVE Blueprint and Full Report of 9th Meeting Now Available.

By Mary Davies | 25th March 2020

  Please see the newly compiled full 9th SAVE Report, with updated Blueprint Recovery Plan, and the 9th SAVE Summary Report. The main report gives full vulture work updates from each of the six countries across Asia, and relates directly to the agreed priority actions from the Blueprint for Recovery of Asia’s Globally Threatened Vultures.…

February 2020: High Vulture profile at Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) CoP in Gujarat, India

By Mary Davies | 25th February 2020

The 13th global CoP of CMS was hosted by India this week and strongly featured vultures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi even mentioned vultures in his inauguration speech. There were three vulture side events and other presentations featuring poisoning and vulture themes. Diclofenac and NSAIDs One side-event entitled: “Veterinary drugs and the CMS Vulture Multi-species Action…