Saving African Vultures, Nature’s Clean Up Crew

Non-human animals cannot communicate to us directly about their plight and the vital role they play in the ecosystem. For this reason, we must speak for them. With most African vultures on the brink of extinction, BirdLife International released this video as part of their campaign to save African Vultures. The narrator spells out vultures’ dire need for help and corrects misconceptions about them.


Points made in this video are summarized below:

  • Vultures are misunderstood. They are the bringers of life, not the takers. They are the cleaners of your world.
  • Vultures are the halters of disease – stopping the spread of anthrax, botulism, rabies and tuberculosis.
  • Vultures are the sentinels of your skies – they point the way for rangers to find poachers.
  • For centuries, vultures were revered for they are vital.
    But now, vultures are persecuted. They are being poisoned, hunted and exploited.
  • Vultures are disappearing because they are misunderstood.
    Some vulture populations have declined by 98%.
  • In 2015, BirdLife International declared four African vulture species to be on the edge of extinction.

4 thoughts on “Saving African Vultures, Nature’s Clean Up Crew

  1. Thanks for doing this blog! You’re sharing very important information on the loss of biodiversity … hopefully it gets more people motivated to support wildlife, anti-poaching efforts and habitat preservation. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Love vultures! I’ve always been fascinated and find them very intriguing!! Also because they are scavengers, many end up like their pray and are killed on the roads. Always be alert when driving and look for animals (activity) at the roads edge. Use high-beams when possible and honk your horn to scare them off the road. If you’re up to it and find a dead vulture (or other animal) move them off the road, if it’s safe–don’t put yourself in danger. Help prevent others from facing the same threat. If you plan to do this, be sure to carry protective (latex) gloves.

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    • Thanks for your comment MWO~FFAR! Yes, I find vultures fascinating as well! I’ve spent about a year volunteering at a raptor rehabilitation center – easily one of the best experiences of my life! (Even learned how to hold an adult golden eagle!)

      Yes, I agree with all that you said, and there’s also a technique for rescuing injured raptors (whether they’re ill, downed by a power line, or hit by a car). I’ll post a step-by-step “how to” link here for interested readers:

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