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Endangered Vulture Species Bred in Captivity for First Time

Endangered Vulture Species Bred in Captivity for First Time

Three Indian Vulture Gyps indicus chicks were hatched in captivity for the first time ever. Chris Bowden, of BirdLife in the UK, said: “The crisis facing vultures is one of the worst facing the natural world. Since the declines of these birds was first noticed, the speed at which they have gone is terrifying and these birds played such an important role in cleaning up carcasses and the environment!”

His point about the role of vultures in the environment is an important one. Though they are not a species loved by many (like panda bears, for example), the vultures do perform a valuable service in their habitats. They are very persistent scavengers and remove dead animals from the environment. Their decline in population has been very rapid, and cultural attitudes toward them might have played a role.

Three Asian vulture species (Oriental white-backed vulture G.bengalensis, Long-billed vulture G.indicus, and Slender-billed vulture G.tenuirostris) have been in severe decline; so much so that they are considered critically endangered. The Asian Vulture Population Project has been set up to bring them back from the brink of extinction. Populations fell by 95 percent in just three years, back in the 1990s.

Image Credit: Lip Kee

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8:41PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Pretty is as pretty does.

12:34PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

GREAT ARTICLE.

1:18AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

wow that post from past member is a massive load of sh**. Way to promote veal... Good news about the vultures! Alot of people don't realise that they are important.

5:41AM PDT on May 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:06AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

"past member" you won't see this but it's European Vultures who attack? or maybe they want to pretend to be wolves. they still attack humans but "we love them so much" and want to protect them.

10:37AM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

It is not unebonne piece of news(short story), on the contrary! The vultures in the South of France on the Spanish border do not any more find to eat because the breeders have no more the right(law) to leave outside the carcasses of dead animals; as a result these too numerous vultures to us attack(affect) the cattle living as the foals, the cows which put low and which still have of the colustrum on the back of their séant, they waste(destroy) alive the calves(veal). Then, it is absurd to make some preservation of this sort(species)! Where will they go because there is no more room on our earth(ground) nor in our airs(sights), because they will eat? Maybe you will be more attentive to your words if one of these vultures attack(affect) you or your defenseless children. It is finished the nice time of the Indians where the vulture ate only corpses, you dream about the former(ancient) world but the New World killed all the natural and environmental values. There is no more place(square) of available for animals victims of the globalization, the modernism, and the human bullshit. jackie

11:20PM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

Thanks for great news. So they are going to be with us, not leaving us to disappear into the beyond of nowhere.

5:32AM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

Interesting!

5:32AM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

Interesting!

5:32AM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

Interesting!

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