‘A species in crisis’: extinction circling vultures in KZN
Poisoning of vultures for the use of traditional medicines is the biggest threat to these raptors
For environmentalists, returning from their searches with little to report confirmed their worst fears: vultures in KwaZulu-Natal are increasingly at risk.
In fact, the vultures - known as nature’s “cleanup crew” - are at risk of localised extinction in KwaZulu-Natal, conservationists warned.
Speaking to Sunday Times Daily for International Vulture Awareness Day on September 4, Brent Coverdale of wildlife authority KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and Chris Kelly of Wildlife ACT said their recent inspections of vulture breeding pairs revealed deeply worrying results...