African vultures declining at an alarming rate

Today I decided to share an article that highlights a very worrying issue. A new study by leading world-renowned scientists has shown that vultures are headed for extinction very soon if nothing is done urgently to stop what is happening and change people’s perceptions of these birds. Without them our ecosystems, economy and health are in serious trouble.

According to the article ‘scavengers such as vultures are essential to a healthy ecosystem; without them carcasses are largely consumed by mammalian scavengers such as dogs and jackals and this can increase levels of disease transmission, with possibly dire consequences for human health.’

Read more here: http://www.peregrinefund.org/news-release/321

Lappet-faced Vulture. Photo from http://www.krugerpark.com/blog/index.php/birding-big-6/

 

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Sidney is a Kenya-based ornithologist and photographer specializing in the birds of Africa, with an especially keen interest in the birds of prey (raptors) of Kenya.

About Sidney Shema

Sidney is a Kenya-based ornithologist and photographer specializing in the birds of Africa, with an especially keen interest in the birds of prey (raptors) of Kenya.

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