Every single vulture species is under threat, not only in southern Africa, but across Africa and the globe. The dangers to the species vary by location, with most threats being anthropogenic. The principle behind this manual is that every vulture’s life counts. Each individual deserves the chance to fly free and reproduce.
This manual is based on 15 years of VulPro’s experience in rehabilitating African vultures. VulPro’s rehabilitation experience is mainly based on the Gyps species, namely the African White-backed and Cape Vulture; but also with Lappet-faced, White-headed, and Palm-nut Vultures. VulPro also rehabilitates large raptors such as owls, eagles, hawks and secretary birds. Vultures, however, are unique in several respects and therefore warrant their own attention with regards to husbandry and medical treatment. This document is designed to advise and aid the rehabilitation of large, Old World vulture species (namely the Gyps, Torgos, and Trigonoceps species) but should also be considered in the treatment of smaller vulture species.
This is a living document which will be altered and improved by VulPro as they continue their work.
Authored by Kerri Wolter, Maggie Hirschauer, and Dr Neil Forbes with contributions from Tamsyn Overton and Dr Sarah Woodhouse. Edited by Simon Gear.