Taxonomy & Range
Although there are questions of the validity of the different races, three subspecies of Lappet-faced Vulture are recognized:
This vulture prefers dry savannah, arid plains, deserts with scattered trees and open mountain slopes. Usually found in undisturbed open country, lappet-faced vulture will wander into human areas while foraging (drawn to road kills).
Date of Last PVA/B&T Plan
Current Population Size (N)
31 birds (16 males, 15 females, 0 unknown)
Current Number of Participating AZA Member Institutions
Projected % GD at 100 years or 10 generations**
VulPro’s work in South Africa involves instrumental veterinary toxicological research, colony monitoring, and rehabilitation of injured vultures. Additionally, VulPro breeds nonreleasable Cape Vultures, African White-backed Vultures, Lappet-faced Vultures, and White-headed Vultures as part of a conservation breeding and reintroduction program where all offspring are returned to the wild. Public education is also a large aspect of VulPro’s work, both to school groups and local communities as well as visiting researchers looking to gain invaluable field experience in areas such as capturing, tagging, monitoring and rescuing vultures.
VulPro is one of the organizations supported by African Vulture SAFE.