African Birds on the decline as 26 vultures were poisoned in the Kalahari

According to a recent study, which was published in the journal, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 88% of the birds studied have experienced some loss, especially birds found in South Africa such as the Cape vulture. Local authorities and conservationists warn that losing such keystone species can cause catastrophic consequences. But in spite of that, 26 Cape Vultures were allegedly found poisoned to death in the Kalahari this week. Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, Cape vulture expert, reported on the matter, to bring awareness and elaborates…  INSERT [Dr Gerhard] Because these birds work to maintain ecological balance and reduce the spread of diseases, scavengers such as vultures are beneficial in removing carcasses, and preventing diseases from passing from animals to humans.

Journalist: Tasha-Ree Kella

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