New paper highlights pre-licensing safety testing and regulation of vet NSAIDs as urgent priorities for vulture conservation

By Mary Davies | 3rd July 2024

An important study examining the effectiveness of existing approval and regulatory processes for toxic veterinary drugs has just been published in the respected journal ‘Ecological Solutions & Evidence’. Despite the concerted efforts of governments, and the Resolution of the UN Convention of Migratory Species, it demonstrates that safety testing and subsequent regulation of toxic drugs…

SAVE Summary Report 2023 Published

By Mary Davies | 22nd May 2024

SAVE is delighted to publish its Summary Report for 2023 and the February 2024 Open Day Meeting. The achievements of the SAVE Partners are summarised by country, with reference to wider work in Asia through the Open Day presentations. SAVE Chair Jemima Parry-Jones said “We are proud to provide this annual summary, and hope that…

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: https://www.bnhs.org/public/hornbill_pdf/1697527550.pdf   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…

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