Using poisons to kill wildlife in Africa has had a devastating effect on many species over the past decade. Species killed by poison include, lions, hyenas, elephants, eagles, and more. Vultures are often impacted at a higher rate by a poisoning incident due to their propensity for feeding in large groups and because they are often the first to arrive at a carcass. The Peregrine Fund has been working with partners across Africa to put an end to the practice of poisoning wildlife, and in collaboration with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Vulture Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and The Gadfly Project, we have now collated all historical and current incidents of wildlife poisoning into the new African Wildlife Poisoning Database (AWPD). We are particularly excited to be launching this new database now as this weekend the world will be celebrating International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD). IVAD is the first Saturday of September each year set aside for organizations around the world to highlight vulture conservation and awareness.
The Raptor Taxon Advisory Group aims to help proliferate information relating to the husbandry, education, conservation, and research of raptors around the world.