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From every purchase that you make on AnimalEnthusiastStore.com 25% of the profits made will be donated to non-profit organizations from all over the world that fight for wildlife and their precious habitat. For the start, we have chosen two fantastic organizations and here you can read more about their actions:
VulPro is a non-profit vulture conservation organization, dedicated to halting the decline of vulture species throughout southern Africa.
The organization was established on 1 January 2007, and we have utilized the experience gained over the past 11 years to ensure that we engage in a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach, which incorporates both in-situ and ex-situ vulture conservation strategies.
Presently, VulPro is the only organization of its kind on the African continent, and furthermore, the only vulture conservation organization which has both in-situ and ex-situ adaptive management and conservation approaches.
Our mission is to be the leading vulture conservation programme for advancing knowledge, awareness, and innovation in the conservation of African vulture populations for the benefit of society at large. We achieve this through the implementation of our multi-faced and interlinked conservation objectives including:
- Ex-situ vulture conservation breeding for the purpose of wild population supplementation
- Vulture rescue and rehabilitation
- Population monitoring of both tree- and cliff-nesting vulture species
- Conducting power-line surveys
- Education and awareness
- Research and publication
- Guidance and information provision for the establishment of artificial vulture feeding sites
- Development and distribution of vulture conservation protocols
Non-releasable vultures that come into VulPro for rehabilitation form part of the ex-situ population and are bred to produce individuals for our pilot release studies. GPS transmitter units are placed on all released individuals, which assists us to monitor them. This transmitter data then forms part of our research programmes to better understand the spatial movement patterns and behavior of vultures. We incorporate population monitoring by maintaining a re-sighting database, utilizing camera traps, photographs and recordings from the general public and, monitoring wild vulture breeding sites. This information helps us to keep track of all our rehabilitated and ex-situ bred released individuals, past the point of transmitter failure, as well as keeping track of the wild populations. We have found that our presence in the field has increased our landowner engagement and has improved awareness of the plight of African vultures. This information assists us to keep up to date with anthropomorphic changes in the vulture’s environment and enables us to keep up with threats and appropriate mitigation measures within different areas. This information feeds into our investigative research and may lead to full-blown research projects where necessary. The interface between the in-situ and ex-situ facets has engaged scientific and veterinary related research including but not limited to diseases, threats, and toxicology, to name just a few.
We aim to always improve our methodologies and techniques to benefit the vultures both in situ and ex-situ. As an organization, we have progressed towards an exciting transition where we aim to transplant our methods into other countries where vultures have become scarce or have stopped breeding. Our hope is to ensure that even where vultures are rare, their presence will not be forgotten as it is much harder to re-introduce individuals than to translocate them into a population, however small it may be.
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