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Endangered Asian Vulture Closer To Extinction

Animals  (tags: animals, endangered, wildlife, globalwarming, environment )

- 3841 days ago -
U.S. scientists say captive breeding colonies of a critically endangered vulture are too small to protect the bird species from extinction. With a seven-foot wingspan, the oriental white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis) was an awesome presence in south


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Kathy W (299)
Tuesday September 9, 2008, 3:38 pm
"tens of millions"! And "diclofenac is still available and birds are still dying". Do they totally have to be extinct before diclofenac is no longer used??!! How upsetting. Thanks Tom.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 1:31 pm
Noted and thanks Tom for sharing!

marya g (73)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
Noted and thanks for sharing!

Louise L (48)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 4:15 pm
Excuses, excuses. Since we are responsible for their extinction, we should be responsible for a breeding program that works!!!!! Thanks, Tom.

Rosemary H (43)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 6:47 am
When I saw the heading I thought: 'which vulture? One that I've seen?' I can hardly believe it's the whiteback, a bird that was so common everywhere! I have sketches in the series of illustrated diaries I kept of birds I thought might become extinct, like the Siberian White Crane, but I never thought it would be the teeming numbers of whitebacked vultures! I may not even have painted them because I didn't have time for every species, so focused on the rarer ones - that are maybe still there in the same numbers!

Poisoning is a horrible death. These people also know the threats to human health. More people have died of rabies, because of the increase in feral dogs eating corpses the vultures used to clean up. Yet you can still buy the poison? Why? Corruption in the system?

Rosemary H (43)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 6:49 am
I seem to have omitted that I worked on these sketchbooks in India and Nepal.
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