The value of vultures

value of vultures

Vultures are extremely important in preventing the spread of disease, regulating scavenger populations and spreading nutrients across the landscape. These services keep ecosystems stable, safeguarding human health and livelihoods. However, vulture populations have drastically declined across Africa in recent years. In Tanzania this is mainly due to pastoralists poisoning carcasses to kill carnivores.
WCS Tanzania, in collaboration with North Carolina Zoo and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), monitors vultures with surveys and satellite tagging. This provides crucial data on their population, distribution and behaviour, enabling landscape-wide conservation and environmental education. This infographic is from a series of posters raising awareness of the value and threats to these crucially important species. Print resolution files in English and Kiswahili are available on request from

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