Seven vulture species threatened

SEVEN of South Africa's nine vulture species face extinction, the Endangered Wildlife Trust has warned.

SEVEN of South Africa's nine vulture species face extinction, the Endangered Wildlife Trust has warned.

The birds are among those animals most threatened by the local trade in traditional medicine, the environmental organisation said in a statement yesterday ahead of its National Vulture Awareness Day on September 5.

"The threats facing vultures include poisoning, electrocution on and collision with power lines, drowning in farm reservoirs, a shortage of safe food sources and loss of suitable habitat."

Research showed that vultures could cover up to 100km a day in search of food. This madeimplementing effective conservation measures difficult. - Sapa

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