Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Birdlife South Africa

Saving critical bird species

Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)/Birdlife SA

Vultures are among Africa’s most-threatened wildlife with 7 of the 11 vulture species found in Africa listed by the IUCN as Endangered or Critically Endangered.

In the last 10 years, Southern African vulture populations have suffered rapid population declines of up to 80%.

SLT partners with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Large Raptor Programme to support our field guides to be trained as rapid responders for poisoning incidents.

SLT also supports the Vulture Safe Zones network across the Greater Kruger National Park. This includes Singita Sabi Sand, Singita Kruger National Park concession, linking to the Karingani Game Reserve in neighbouring Mozambique.

These safe zones aim to reduce the most prevalent threats to vultures including: persecution, poisoning, electrocutions and powerline collisions, and habitat loss.

Key Successes

  • Singita Field Guides trained to provide first-response support to poisoned birds – getting them to treatment and rehabilitation as fast as possible.
  • Singita Field Guides are providing daily sightings and observation data to the BirdLife SA's critical bird monitoring programme across the Greater Kruger National Park.

A species in a downward spiral - whilst neither cute or cuddly, vultures play a crucial role as nature's clean-up squad.

Vulture Safe Zone Alliance & monitoring of critical Bird Species

How can I support this project?

100% of your donation will contribute towards Singita’s support of the EWT Large Raptor Programme in the Lowveld:

Sponsoring satellite trackers for vulture research monitoring ZAR 5 025 ($335)

A custom-designed trailer for the EWT Lowveld Large Raptor team to safely treat and transport injured and poisoned birds to rehabilitation centres in the Greater Kruger National Park region ZAR 247 500 ($14,500)

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