The threat of poison to vultures and carnivores

Poisoning impact poster WCS Tanzania

Retaliatory poisoning is one of the main reasons why both carnivore and vulture populations are in rapid decline across Africa. Information collected by the Ruaha Carnivore Project, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and WCS helped reveal the huge impact just one cow carcass, poisoned by pastoralists as retribution for its killing by lions, can have on the ecosystem. In this case, 62 animal deaths were recorded, but the total number is almost certainly much more.

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