More Than 600 Vulture Deaths Reported in Guinea-Bissau
Thu, April 22, 2021

More Than 600 Vulture Deaths Reported in Guinea-Bissau

 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified three species of vultures as Endangered, while four as Critically Endangered. In recent years, the population of African vulture species has dropped. However, things might get even worse as authorities reported a massive death of vultures in a Guinea-Bissau. 

 

Credits: All That's Interesting

 

At first, the authorities thought that the vultures were poisoned by consuming a toxic carcass. André Botha, manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust Africa’s Vultures Programme, stated that this kind of case is common in the region and is “usually due to human-wildlife conflict with predators.” Typically, these poisonings are isolated to one spot but authorities found out that dead birds were reported throughout several other areas.

 

Credits: All That's Interesting

 

As of now, authorities are working with the World Health Organization to determine whether or not these deaths pose a threat to human health. According to All That’s Interesting, the mass death of over 648 vultures could be a “catastrophic blow” to the reserve, considering the fact that many species there are on the brink of extinction. “A vulture conservation disaster is currently occurring in Guinea-Bissau with over 600 vulture deaths this week. It started with 200, then 400, and the current death toll is at 648 mortalities,” the international non-profit Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) said. 

 

Credits: Vulture Conservation Foundation

 

According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, vultures are extremely important to our ecosystems because they get rid of the environment of carcasses that would otherwise spread disease. Recent reports showed that authorities have decided to incinerate 135 of the vulture carcasses to reduce that risk. “The authorities so far have been very responsive and acted quickly — this needs to be maintained until the cause of mortality is found, “ VCF director José Tavares said. 

 

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