In a press release received from Kerri Wolter of VulPro on 16 February 2016, it was announced that an international alliance (VulPro, Tusk Trust & Continental Outdoor Media) has launched a huge media campaign to stir empathy among people for a species typically viewed as repulsive.
This is no easy task and often proves to be heartbreaking for vulture champions. Vultures in southern and greater Africa are in dire straits with several species recently being up-listed by the IUCN (2015). The most common vulture species in Africa – the African White-backed vulture – is now listed as critically endangered, and the Cape Vulture has been up-listed to endangered. This puts them one small step away from extinction! Africa’s wildlife is one of our greatest treasures. Extinction is permanent, and in the case of vultures this will have irrevocable consequences for humankind. Vultures are capable of combating horrific diseases (e.g. anthrax, botulism, and foot-and-mouth), and in doing so, prevent the spread of epidemics that are capable of wiping out entire populations of people and animals. Vultures don’t need us, we need vultures!