Good Information for Vultures!
Southern Africa’s Vulture populations are going through an unsure future. To stem the tide of losses, landscape-level conservation initiatives are wanted, not solely in our formal protected areas, but additionally on privately-owned land that helps Vulture populations.
Vulture Secure Zone Implementation
First conceptualised and utilized in Asia, the place Vulture numbers have been decimated by the veterinary drug diclofenac, Vulture Secure Zones cowl huge stretches of land which might be managed in methods which might be conducive to Vulture survival. The Multi-species Motion Plan to Preserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) has now introduced this initiative to Africa, the place it’s being tailored to deal with the distinctive and multi-faceted challenges going through the continent’s Vultures.
A Vulture Secure Zone is outlined as an appropriately sized geographic space wherein focused conservation measures are undertaken to deal with the important thing threats related to the Vulture species current. Vulture Secure Zones are applied in southern Africa as one other arrow within the quiver that can complement nationwide and worldwide efforts to cut back the influence of current and rising threats to stabilise and promote restoration of current Vulture populations. It serves as an essential awareness-raising device that will increase help and retains the conservation momentum going.
Wildlife ACT, Birdlife South Africa and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, as companions in Challenge Vulture and the Zululand Vulture Challenge, have been working collectively to implement and help the Vulture Secure Zone initiative in KwaZulu-Natal.
Most not too long ago, we’ve got been working intently with Thula Thula Non-public Sport Reserve, guaranteeing they meet all the standards of a Vulture Secure Zone and offering help the place wanted to strengthen their contribution to Vulture conservation within the province. This can be a very vital feat, because the reserve helps the most important breeding colony of tree-nesting White-backed Vultures on personal land in KZN.
We’re excited to see what the long run holds for the rising Vulture Secure Zone initiative and strengthened partnerships!
Southern Africa’s vulture populations are in critical decline. Of the six species present in South Africa, all are labeled as both Endangered or Critically Endangered. Click on HERE to help our work with Vultures.