Adding to the rich biodiversity that make up the African plains, vultures play an important ecological role in the natural predation cycle by opening and cleaning up carcases. Travelling huge distances over both parks and commercial farms, vultures are increasingly under the threat due to poisoning, habitat disturbance and collision with overhead power lines.
Established in 1997, Vultures Namibia is wholly volunteer supported and funded. All donations go towards funding aerial surveys of nesting sites in the Namib-Naukluft Park, followed by ringing and tagging of the chicks. Another project on farms, makes farmers aware of the importance of vultures in their area. Vulture numbers are monitored by means of camera traps at water holes. All donations are welcome!
Vultures are monogamous with a long term pair-bond and are territorial of their nest sides (each sex has only one dedicated partner). They don’t breed annually and only lay one egg – factors to this may be the physical condition of the pair, or not enough food and human disturbances while nest-building. The incubation period for an egg is close to 2 months, sometimes up to 4 months. The record for longevity in Lappet-faced Vultures is nearly 24 years.