Also known as: Rueppell's Vulture, Rueppell's Griffon, Rueppell's Griffon Vulture, R?ppell's Griffon
The Rueppell's Vulture is a large species of Old World vulture that lives across open woodlands in central Africa. Rüppell's Vultures are very social and will feed together in large groups. They also nest and roost communally.
Rüppell's Vulture are scavengers, dining primarily on carrion. They find food by soaring above the land; they may fly nearly 100 miles from their home territory in order to find food.
The Rueppell's Vulture is Endangered. These birds face many threats to survival, including loss of habitat, hunting, and (secondary) poisoning. Conservationists are working to protect the species by spreading awareness and by seeking legal protection across the different political boundaries in the vulture's wide range.
From IUCN Red List: The Rueppell's Vulture is listed as Critically Endangered
on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Critically Endangered due to severe declines in parts of its range. Overall it is suspected to have undergone a very rapid decline owing to habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade, persecution, collision and poisoning.
We're celebrating Vulture Week because this Saturday, September 6th, marks International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD). This commemorative day has been celebrated since at least 2009 and aims to highlight the importance of ... more