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NOVEMBER 2018: Update on the captive released White-rumped vultures in Nepal

By Irene Sabiniarz | 22nd November 2018

Great news is that all the vultures that were released in September 2018 are alive and well, and gradually moving further away from the release area. Initially they were quite sedentary staying close to the release aviary and feeding on the carcasses supplied, which also attracted several of the wild tagged birds. In October the…

October 2018: Upcoming Annual SAVE Meeting in Kathmandu 29-30 November 2018

By Irene Sabiniarz | 31st October 2018

We are delighted to confirm the venue for the 8th Annual SAVE meeting at Hotel View Bhrikuti at Godavari in the Kathmandu Valley http://hotelviewbhrikuti.com.np/ which will be hosted by Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN). The meeting format will be two full days on 29 and 30 November revisiting and updating the SAVE Blueprint Recovery Plan, and…

October 2018: Myanmar comes together for vultures

By Irene Sabiniarz | 22nd October 2018

An important full day meeting was held in Yangon at the BANCA office (BirdLife Myanmar) on 12 October when all the organisations interested in working on vultures came together and shared their experience and knowledge from recent vulture work. The attendees were from Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary – Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation,…

September 2018: First release of captive-bred* vultures in Asia

By Irene Sabiniarz | 18th September 2018

Nepal and SAVE witnessed a further landmark for Asian vulture conservation on 17th September 2018, when the Government of Nepal and national and international conservation organisations released 12 critically endangered white-rumped vultures Gyps bengalensis, including the first eight birds actually hatched within the conservation breeding programme. Releases last year of birds reared (but not hatched)…

June 2018: New restrictions on vulture-toxic veterinary drugs in Pakistan

By Irene Sabiniarz | 20th June 2018

The Chief Drug Inspector of Sindh Province, Pakistan has ordered all regional and district drug inspectors to restrict the use of ketoprofen and aceclofenac, following activities and a letter from WWF-Pakistan, working together with the Hawk Conservancy Trust (HCT) on the Pakistan Vulture Restoration Project (PVRP) including running the Sindh Vulture Safe Zone. This is…

April 2018: Update from Nepal white-rumped vulture releases and wanderers!

By Irene Sabiniarz | 16th April 2018

News from the BCN team is that the six birds released in November have so far remained within 2.5km of the release aviary, and since February, the released vultures have started soaring. The birds have remained dependent on the vulture restaurant so far and mix with the local wild birds on a daily basis .…