Above Photo: C. Kendall, North Carolina Zoo
AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction focuses the collective expertise within accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their massive audiences to save species. African vultures are now an official SAFE species.
Photo: Denver Zoo
African Vulture SAFE Species
African vulture species function as a scavenging guild with each species providing unique adaptations necessary to find and dispose of carrion collectively. As such, it makes more sense to focus conservation efforts on a suite of African vulture species rather than a single species.
This subset of African vultures was selected for the SAFE program for a number of reasons. First, these are the most common African vulture species found in AZA institutions. Second, a number of zoos already had conservation initiatives linked to these species at the time of the submission of the proposal for African Vultures as a SAFE program. Finally, these species have a large amount of overlap in their geographic distribution (with the exception of Ruppell’s and Cape Vultures) and share similar threats and thus conservation needs. Our program can thus focus on a few key activities that can have a positive effect on all six species considered here.
African Vulture SAFE 3 Year Action Plan
The 3-Year Action Plan prepared by the African Vulture SAFE steering committee outlines the strategic needs and plans for coordinate SAFE program partners.
African Vulture Multi-Species Action Plan (MSAP)
The MSAP is a collaborative action plan covering 128 range states which aims to provide a comprehensive, strategic conservation Action Plan covering the geographic ranges of all 15 species of migratory African-Eurasian vultures and to promote concerted, collaborative and coordinated international actions towards the recovery of these populations to acceptable levels by 2029.