A catastrophe is taking place in Africa as thousands of vultures die of poisoning, gravely impacting the environment, wildlife, and human health.
We urgently need to raise $9,000 (£7,000) to build a special rescue vehicle so we can rush poison-stricken vultures for emergency medical treatment. Without treatment, the poor birds die within hours of being poisoned – there is not a moment to lose.
The Animal Survival International (formerly Political Animal Lobby) was alerted by South Africa’s Endangered Wildlife Trust that there is a major problem for vultures in one of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries, the Kruger National Park. Together, we investigated.
The news is bad. Not only did we find carcasses of critically endangered African white-backed vultures, but we found a poisoned tawny eagle and poisoned lions, leopards, civets and baboons.
To save creatures like these, we need to build special rescue vehicles.
Vultures and other creatures are dying as you read this. We need that transport vehicle now to have a chance of saving poisoned creatures. We can only do so with your support. Please help them by donating today.
Africa’s vulture populations have plunged by 62% in the past 30 years – with seven species crashing by 80%. We know that more than 1,200 vultures were poisoned in Southern and Eastern Africa in 2019 and this year numbers are even higher.
Losing one vulture is a tragedy. Losing thousands is a catastrophe. If something isn’t done right now to save the vulture from extinction, the world – and everyone in it – is in big, big trouble.
Vultures are prized for their heads and feet which are used in traditional medicine, even though they have absolutely no medical benefits. To get the vultures, poachers kill other animals and lace the carcases with poison. Vultures and other creatures die after feeding on these carcasses. The poachers then harvest their body parts. The vultures do not die immediately and that gives us hope. If we can get to them before they die and transport them for treatment, we can save many of them. This work is vitally important.
Without vultures, the risk of humans getting diseases explodes.
In the ‘90s, India obliterated 97% of its vultures – and the result was disastrous. When vultures eat rotting carcasses, their digestive system destroys lethal diseases like anthrax, botulism, and cholera. With nature’s clean-up crew annihilated, diseases in India surged. Since then, the Indian government has been trying to return vultures to the country… with little success.
We know what’s going to happen if we lose vultures – deadly diseases will explode and humankind will face pandemic after pandemic – just like the CORONAVIRUS crisis. We can’t stand idly by and watch this happen.
We thank you for your continued support which made this research possible, but the findings have revealed that much more needs to be done.
We need to act now. The fate of our precious wildlife is in your hands.
The race is now on to not only save vultures from extinction, but to save the other animals who share their home.
We desperately need your help to save vultures and other creatures. We know that many people will shrug their shoulders because vultures are not the most glamorous creatures – but that does not mean it’s acceptable to wipe them out. If you look beyond their appearance, you will find lively social creatures who spend their lives eating things that would otherwise kill us! That’s got to be a good thing. So please, donate what you can today, and we will do our part to make sure that vultures are around tomorrow, and diseases are not.