Tagged Egyptian vulture killed for the traditional medicine trade in West Africa


It is well known that Africa vultures are declining across most of the continent. Drivers of decline vary from region to region – in West Africa, vultures are being killed mostly for food and for the traditional medicine trade, with Nigeria and Benin being at the centre of this wildlife persecution pattern. The VCF and a number of other organisations have already alerted for this unprecedented biodiversity crisis – see here


Recently, this was brought home with the news that a rare Egyptian vulture – that had been tagged in Greece as part of a conservation project – was shot in Niger, and taken to Nigeria. You can read an account of this story here




Photo by Evan Buechley
Photo by Evan Buechley


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