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Sat Jun 22, 2019, 07:15 AM

500 Vultures Killed in Botswana by Poachers' Poison, Government Says White-backed and hooded vulture

CAPE TOWN — More than 530 endangered vultures have been killed in northern Botswana after ingesting poison left by elephant poachers, the government said on Thursday, underscoring the broader ecological fallout from Africa’s illegal trade in ivory.

Five vulture species were identified at the site, which lies near Botswana’s border with Zimbabwe. Conservationists said that poachers had poisoned the birds in an effort to evade detection. As scavengers, vultures are attracted to freshly killed animals, and their presence in the air can alert rangers to poachers’ positions.

“Vultures are sentinels to poached animals, so they’re directly being targeted,” said Kerri Wolter, the founder and manager of VulPro, a nonprofit conservation group based in South Africa.

Poaching appears to be on the rise in Botswana, which is home to around one third of Africa’s elephant population and has long been regarded as a safe haven for the animals. A recent study estimated that over 385 elephants had been poached from 2017 to 2018, a lower total than in other parts of Africa but an alarming rise for Botswana, the scientists said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/world/africa/vultures-poisoned-botswana-poachers-elephants.html

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Sat Jun 22, 2019, 07:48 AM

1. Thanks China, you're awesome

keep chowing down your useless powdered keratin and dentin based "medicines" you goddamned idiots.

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:44 AM

2. It's a double whammy

I didn't see it mentioned in this article, but because it is nesting season for the vultures it means that when the adult birds die away from the nests, this years chicks will die as well. So it's wiping out the species that much faster. Such a disaster, I wish a plague would take the poacher/poisoners.

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