Birds of Prey Programme

The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Birds of Prey Programme (BoPP) focuses on the conservation of diurnal and nocturnal raptors, vultures, and their habitats. The programme has been actively involved in conservation under the Endangered Wildlife Trust for several years, albeit as two separate groups, namely the Raptor Conservation Group and the Vulture Study Group. In early-2005, a merge saw the groups being fully integrated under new management and strategic direction. A strong scientific component adds authority to the dedicated efforts of the large network of field coordinators. Methods are shared, ideas communicated and solutions reached through a collaborative effort that combines science with practical efficiency in order to not only identify problem areas in the conservation of raptors and vultures, but to also reach informed conclusions and act decisively in order to timeously address conservation threats.

Our mission
To action, support and coordinate conservation projects for nocturnal and diurnal raptors and vultures in southern Africa and to achieve measurable results through considered and informed implementation strategies.

Our objectives
• To combine the efforts of all individuals and organisations interested in or associated with raptor and vulture conservation in southern Africa in order to strengthen conservation efforts.
• To identify gaps in the conservation of birds of prey and their habitats, and to implement relevant projects in order to fill these gaps.
• To set achievable and measurable goals for each project undertaken, and to manage the achievement of these goals, keeping in mind the bigger conservation picture.

Gabar Journal
Gabar was the biannual raptor journal of the Birds of Prey Programme (BoPP), but has been discontinued. Previous editions can be found at

Vulture News - The Journal of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group
Vulture News is the journal of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group. It was originally the journal of the Vulture Study Group, which was formed in 1973 in southern Africa. The journal has been published since 1979 and is a venue for research, news, information and reports on vultures in all parts of the word where they occur. Contributions from ornithologists, research biologists, bird watchers, conservationists and any other interested people are encouraged. Single (or a series of) interesting pictures with extended captions are also encouraged. Refer to contributor information for more details.



How can you become involved?

  • Look out for and report potential threats and conflicts
  • Look out for and report colour-marked raptors (especially vultures) seen in your area
  • Assist with Monitoring birds of prey in your area
  • Participate in research programmes
  • Reporting unusual occurrences, behaviour, etc.
  • Conveying the message of birds of prey conservation as widely as possible
  • Participating in BoPP activities


Contact us

You are welcome to contact us for more details about the Programme, its activities, role players and for more information about our birds of prey.
Endangered Wildlife Trust
Birds of Prey Programme
Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645, South Africa
Telephone: +27 11 372 3600
Fax: +27 11 608 4682

Dr Gareth Tate: Bird of Prey Programme Manager
Rebecca Mabuza: Administrator
Ronelle Visagie: Project Coordinator: Platberg Karoo Raptor Project
Rebotile Rachuene: Field Officer: Anglo African Grass-Owl Project
John Davies: Project Co-ordinator: Raptor Conservation and Research
Dr Lindy Thompson: Project Co-ordinator: Vulture Conservation and Research