How we are Saving the Indian Vultures from Extinction
Vultures are essential to a balanced ecosystem. Our national and international partners are working hard to ensure the safety of vultures in the future. Your generous contributions are enabling us to,
- Maintain Breeding Populations of 3 Vultures Species: to insure against loss of these species from the wild.
- Monitor Vulture Nesting Colonies: to understand population trends for resident vultures and highlight breeding colonies in need of protection through working with local communities.
- Research the safety of Veterinary Drugs: to facilitate the identification of safe alternatives to diclofenac and introduce these into the veterinary marketplace and have strong evidence for which NSAIDs are toxic to vultures and need stronger regulation.
- Monitor Diclofenac and other NSAIDS: to quantify levels of diclofenac in cattle carcasses available to vultures in the Indian Subcontinent and additionally, to visit and survey pharmacies to measure the availability of different veterinary drugs.
- Monitor Vulture Populations: to study the trends of populations of vultures in South and South-East Asia. In India we conduct nationwide surveys using more than 15,000 km of road transects every four years.
- Examine Dead Vultures for Cause of Death: to continuously update our knowledge on what are the most significant threats to vultures, particularly among veterinary NSAIDs.
- Monitor Wild and Captive-Release Vultures with Satellite Telemetry: to collect data on vulture movement, ranges and behavior as another way to assess the safety of the environment for vultures. If tagged birds are ill, injured or dead we can also locate and treat or examine them.