Cape Vulture welcomed at conservation centre

2017-03-09 06:01

CROCWORLD Conservation Centre is excited to announce the launch of its very own conservation and breeding vulture programme.

As part of the programme the centre welcomed Horace the Cape Vulture which was recovered by Raptor Rescue, from Underberg in 2016, after a collision with a power-line.

Centre manager Martin Rodrigues said the centre will be accommodating Horace in their newly-launched enclosure which will accommodate both males and female vultures in the hope that they breed.

Once the offspring are old enough, they will be released into the wild.

He said vultures are on the endangered species list, and the centre would like to do everything possible to encourage their survival.

“The new enclosure can house up to six birds at present and is specifically built to house the Cape Vulture which is endangered and the African White Backed Vulture which is on the critically endangered list,” said Rodrigues.

Speaking about Horaces background, Tammy Caine, Manager of the Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre

said Horace had a broken right wing with two irreparable open fractures when he was taken into Raptor Rescue.

“Horace’s wing had to be amputated which made him a very unhappy patient. It was infected several times after Horace ripped off the dressing and plucked the stitches. Because of this he had to endure a second amputation procedure higher up on the wing,” said Caine.

She said after several antibiotic treatments, many hours of trying to distract him from his wound and a long road to recovery, Horace finally healed.

“He is delighted to be settled into his new home,” said Caine.

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