April 2017: Nepal Vulture Release plans move ahead!

By Irene Sabiniarz | 18th April 2017

Six captive-reared White-rumped Vultures from the Vulture Conservation and Breeding Centre, Kasara, Chitwan National Park were released to a pre-release aviary built at the Vulture Safe Feeding Site, Pithauli, Nawalparasi on 15 April 2017. Chief guest, Man Bahadur Khadka, Director General, Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation released the first bird into the pre-release…

March 2017: Updated SAVE Blueprint and full Report of the 6th Annual SAVE meeting held in Mumbai now available

By Irene Sabiniarz | 29th March 2017

The 2017 updated Blueprint for the Recovery of Asia’s Critically Endangered Gyps Vultures (also at the back of the SAVE Report) has 2017 updates (in red) following the review during the Nov 2016 meeting – and continues to serve us well to steer the priority work. Note that we added one new activity following discussions…

March 2017: SAVE Priorities agreed for South East Asia

By Irene Sabiniarz | 29th March 2017

We became aware that the list of SAVE priorities that we update annually at the SAVE meetings have focused on South Asia, but don’t adequately cover Cambodia and SE Asia. Through consultation will all concerned including the TAC, we have produced a list (below) which will now be updated and developed annually along with those…

January 2017: Bangladesh takes key step towards banning ketoprofen

By Irene Sabiniarz | 26th January 2017

(Contributed by A.B.M. Sarowar Alam (Dipu) – IUCN Bangladesh) Excellent news from Dhaka: the Bangladesh Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) declared the ban of ketoprofen in the two Vulture Safe Zones (VSZs), that is 25% of the country. The DGDA issued letters ordering all the manufacturers of ketoprofen to refrain from selling, distributing, storing…

November 2016: 6th SAVE Meeting features ‘NSAID Alert Symposium’ in Mumbai

By Irene Sabiniarz | 25th November 2016

The 6th Annual SAVE meeting was honoured by the attendance of Drug Authority officials from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and by video link: Pakistan. The meeting released the SAVE dossiers, highlighting the risks posed to vultures for ketoprofen, aceclofenac, nimesulide and flunixin, and these were ceremoniously presented to Drug authority representatives of each country by David…

September 2016: SAVE partnership grows and welcomes new members

By Irene Sabiniarz | 19th September 2016

We are delighted to announce the expansion of the SAVE partnership to seventeen full Partners plus three SAVE Associates. In recognition of the key role played by the following organisations, we welcome two South African Partners: the University of Pretoria and VulPro, as well as the Environmental Research Institute of Scotland, UK, all as Project…

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