We have told you before about the critical situation for vultures and why it is so important to save them. Today, vultures really need your help. Without help, extinction looms with catastrophic consequences for man and animals.
Vultures get a bad rap, often associated with death and morbid situations. Unfortunately for them, they are gawky and unattractive birds who feed on carrion – dead animal carcasses – it doesn’t help their image. Yet they are vitally important in ecosystems and play a crucial role in stopping the spread of disease.
If we lose vultures, the consequences will be huge, and humanity will suffer.
Vultures reduce the spread of diseases by rapidly consuming carcasses. In the 1990s, India obliterated more than 97% of its vultures – and the result was disastrous. This loss leads to less efficient scavengers like rats replacing them and directly causes serious problems with the greatly increased spread of disease.
African vulture populations have dropped by around 90% in the past 30 years, and several African vulture species are on the brink of extinction. They are poisoned, electrocuted, hunted for their body parts – used in black magic – and their habitat is being destroyed.
We have a plan. If we can raise $10,000 (£8,990), we can add an additional 15 baby
vultures every year, to the world’s diminishing reserves. Please, will you help us?
We are working with Vulpro, a South African organization that rescues vultures, provides them with medical treatment and whenever possible, releases them back into their natural habitat.
Sadly, in many instances, the poor birds can never be released because they are so badly injured that they can never fly again or because they have become too close to humans – but these birds can still help future generations by creating new chicks.
Vulpro has 270 unreleasable vultures at their facility, who produce up to 50 eggs annually. At the moment, only 25 of these eggs hatch… We need to buy a specialized hatcher and incubators which will dramatically increase the number of hatchlings by as many as 15 new chicks
This would be a HUGE WIN for vultures and wildlife in general (but also humans!) because when grown, these vultures can be released into the wild and get on with their job of eating rotten carrion which would spread deadly diseases to humans. Countless lives would be saved.