Also known as: Nubian Vulture, African Black Vulture, King Vulture, Abyssinian Vulture, Southern Lappet-faced Vulture
The Lappet-faced Vulture is a large species of vulture found in parts of sub-Saharan African and the Arabian Peninsula.
Lappet-faced Vultures are scavengers that live in an arid environment. They feed on animal carcasses, sometimes bullying other vultures away from a feeding site. Lappet-faceds are large and powerful, able to tear apart tough muscles and hides better than many other scavengers.
Like many other vulture species, the Lappet-faced Vulture faces threats in the wild and has a conservation status of Vulnerable, which means it is vulnerable to extinction. Secondary poisoning and persecution by humans are two of the obstacles the species faces.
From IUCN Red List: The Lappet-faced Vulture is listed as Endangered
on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Endangered. Only a small, very rapidly declining population remains, owing primarily to poisoning and persecution, as well as ecosystem alterations. Recently published data suggests that the population in Africa is declining extremely rapidly.