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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