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Arkive species - Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres) * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Barbara Glover (South Africa)
Region : South Africa
Status : Vulnerable
Introduction
Vultures are often disregarded by wildlife observers and people in general due to the associations with superstitious beliefs and the preference for dead decaying things. However, their role in the ecosystem is invaluable and should not be disregarded. The beautiful Cape Vulture also known as Kolbe's Vulture is endemic to southern Africa, and is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and in some parts of northern Namibia. Like other vultures, we found them feasting on decaying matter at dump sites and little attention was paid to them then and now.

They lay only one egg per year and make their nests on cliffs and can be found only in Southern Africa. Whilst feeding on carcasses, they rid the environment of diseases that kill these animals but unfortunately expose themselves to unintentional poisoning. They also have difficulties adjusting with urban cities and face electrocution on pylons or collision with cables. These vultures are listed by the IUCN as "Vulnerable", and the current population is estimated at 8,000.

Conservation efforts : VulPro is a leading Cape vulture conservation organization and the aim is to "be a leading conservation program advancing knowledge and conservation of African vulture populations.

Original Source of picture :
By Henning de Beer
http://www.hdbphotography.co.za/

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