North Carolina Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society, Tanzanian National Parks (TANAPA)
In 2012, vulture experts identified Southern Tanzania as an area likely to be important for vultures, but where little was currently known. To address this gap, North Carolina Zoo in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society conducted the first vulture roadside surveys in southern Tanzania in 2013. Data from Ruaha and Katavi National Park confirmed the importance of this landscape for African vultures, with high vulture abundance and currently low threats. Since 2013, NC Zoo and WCS have established and implemented a collaborative vulture monitoring program in Ruaha and Katavi, working closely with Tanzanian National Parks (TANAPA) staff. We have conducted two trainings with TANAPA rangers on vulture conservation and have established a protocol for addressing poisoning events.