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Afrique du Sud (2017)

Ecology and Movements of the Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus, in the Kruger-to-Canyons Biosphere Reserve, South Africa

Thompson Lindy

Titre : Ecology and Movements of the Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus, in the Kruger-to-Canyons Biosphere Reserve, South Africa

Pays : Afrique du Sud

Zone d’intervention : The Kruger-to-Canyons Biosphere Reserve

Date : 14 Mar 2017

Bénéficiaire : Thompson Lindy

Description
We are investigating the breeding biology, nest site preference, movement ecology and feeding biology of the critically endangered Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus, in South Africa. This secretive species is relatively little studied, yet a 50% decline in its numbers in the last 50 years suggests that urgent attention is needed for effective conservation measures to be implemented. In addition to elucidating the basic biology of the species for informing a species conservation plan, we are providing capacity building and temporary work among the local community, and we aim to implement environmental education in rural communities where vultures are routinely poisoned.
With funding generously provided by The Rufford Foundation, we will be able to expand the project in 2017, monitoring more nests and providing environmental education activities at local schools. We are also collaborating with Dr Sandi Willows-Munro, a geneticist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, to investigate genetic diversity of the Hooded Vultures in the Kruger-to-Canyons Biosphere Reserve. Our results will be shared through the project’s Facebook page, and through updates on the Rufford Foundation’s website, as well as through public talks, newspaper articles, and magazine articles. We are extremely grateful to all of the landowners and land managers who have allowed us access, and to the volunteers and field assistants who have helped with fieldwork.

The Rufford Foundation

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