Vulture awareness day

2011-09-02 00:00

DID you know that a group of gobbly-squabbly vultures can finish off an impala carcass in about 20 minutes? As specialist scavengers vultures have the important function of being nature’s clean-up crew. However, all eight species of vultures that live in Southern Africa are now listed in the Red Data Book as in need of active conservation measures to ensure their survival.

Tomorrow is International Vulture Awareness Day, and the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary on the Lion Park road, outside of Pietermaritzburg, is hoping to educate people about these fascinating, but maligned and misunderstood birds. The sanctuary houses six of the eight vulture species, including the Egyptian vulture, which is now extinct in the wild in South Africa. Vulture feeding sessions over the weekend are at 12.30 pm daily and the free-flight raptor demonstrations are held at 10.30 am and 3 pm. Contact Shannon at 082 925 3023 or the office at 031 785 4382. — Witness Reporter.

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