The importance of vultures nowadays is usually overlooked. Vultures are mostly perceived as being greedy creatures associated with decay. This is seen in popular culture where land grabbers and corrupt people are often portrayed as vultures. In nature, however, vultures play a critical role in keeping the environment clean and healthy. They are a part of the web of life on which all living things – including people – depend on.
Vultures are prominent in ancient mythology and many societies were amazed by the vultures’ ability to only consume death and still produce life. Vultures were believed to being the creature that kept the balance of life and death in good order. The disappearance of vultures will weaken the ecological balance of the African continent.
Nature Kenya in collaboration with NABU (The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, BirdLife in Germany) and BirdLife International aims to reduce threats to African vultures and reverse their population declines.
We, the Nature Kenya / NABU / Zeiss Team, are participating in the Champions of the Flyways competition to raise awareness on the plight of vultures in Kenya and indeed in Africa. We will also collect funds to support community awareness on the negative impacts of wildlife poisoning, create local community champions for vulture conservation and train on rapid response to wildlife poisoning incidents when they occur.
Vulture conservation is indeed of international concern. This is why we as the Nature Kenya/ NABU/ Zeiss Team join forces across borders and invite you all to join!