Vultures that ingest lead fragments from ammunition have been found to have higher levels of lead in their blood, which affects their health and can kill them.To unpack the impact of lead ammunition on the environment and vultures, we hosted Battle of the Bullets
On 3 October 2021, the Lowveld BOPP team was alerted that a Cape Vulture had been found grounded on Licata Nature Reserve, northwest of Hoedspruit.
Within South Africa, approximately 20 million hectares of land are dedicated to wildlife ranching. Wildlife ranches can be defined as areas of private land that use wildlife-based activities for income generation. In a recently published paper co-authored by EWT scientists*, the owners and managers of 226 wildlife ranches were interviewed to discover the potential for species conservation hidden within South Africa’s game ranches.
Vultures provide many ecological, economic, and cultural benefits. However, several vulture populations are declining, in part due to the illegal capture and killing of vultures for traditional medicine.
Vultures are an important component of an effective scavenger guild and have evolved a number of adaptations that allow them to locate and dispose of carcasses quickly and efficiently.