Presentation of The Return of the Neophron in Cape Town


Pfoto: David Fajardo

In November Steffen Oppel – Senior Research Biologist (RSPB) present the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron”  to students and professors at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

The presentation focused on the decline of the Egyptian vulture population in eastern Europe and the main reasons for this decline: accidental poisoning, electrocution, direct persecution - shooting or nest robbery, food shortages due to changes in livestock farming practices both on their breeding but also on their wintering grounds; conservation activities in the Balkans, goals and results. During the presentation the topic of lead poisoning was of particular interest because the lead poisoning was a big issue for bearded vultures in Africa (the birds eat shot animals where the lead shot had fragmented into tiny pieces that the birds consume when eating the meat).

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