Vulture

Scientific Name

Egyptian Vulture: Neophron percnopterus; Hooded Vulture: Necrosyrtes monachus; White-backed Vulture: Gyps africanus; Rüppell’s Vulture: Gyps reuppelli

Weight

1.5 to 11 kilograms (3 to 24 pounds)

Size

58 to 115 centimeters tall (22 to 45 inches)

Life span

Up to 20 years in the wild; up to 37 in captivity

Habitat

Mountains, savanna, woodlands, desert

Diet

Mostly carnivorous

Incubation

30 to 50 days

Predators

Humans

Vultures clear up to
70%
of Africa’s carrion
In Africa there are
11
species of vultures
West Africa has lost
90%
of its white-backed vultures
Vulture

Challenges

Poachers are poisoning these precious birds.

As the birds flock to animal carcasses, they also give away sites of poachers’ activities. Wanting to remain undetected, poachers have turned their sights on vultures too. What’s more, they are increasingly targeted for their heads, which are widely used in traditional medicine.

Development is depriving them of food and habitat.

As humans expand their communities and agricultural lands, new problems arise for vultures. New infrastructure, like power lines, presents myriad hazardous obstacles for these birds during flight. Meanwhile, agricultural expansion is pushing ungulates out of the bird’s territory, reducing the amount of carrion available to these scavengers.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting and conserving vultures:

Community Empowerment
Collaborate with communities.

We are educating communities on the ecosystem and economic benefits of wildlife and we are also working with communities to set aside protected land for wildlife — in the form of conservancies.

Scouts
Recruit wildlife scouts.

AWF recruits, trains and equips scouts who protect wildlife from poachers. Wildlife scouts are familiar with landscapes, wildlife and community members. As insiders, they are able to quickly identify any suspicious activity. They monitor ecosystems and work with local authorities, like Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), to help them apprehend poachers and even identify would-be poachers.

Vulture
Vulture

Habitats

Our Call

Stop poachers with 2X the impact

Wildlife and lands are in danger. Your gift will be doubled by Actor & Animal Advocate Candice Bergen to save them.

Our Call

Our Work Never Stops

Learn how we're protecting Africa's species each and every day so we never have to live in a world without elephants, rhinos, and other precious wildlife.