Fowl Play

Fowl Play Photo
A vulture’s appetite for the dead helps tidy ecosystems of decaying carcasses and checks the spread of disease. Unfortunately, when dining on poisoned wildlife or animals shot with lead ammunition, the scavengers themselves can die. Livestock dosed with the antibiotic dicloflenac has fed steep vulture declines throughout Asia. Meanwhile vultures in Africa, like these two white-backed vultures in Uganda, often become the unintended victims of lion and hyena poisonings.

Learn more about what WCS is doing to protect Cambodia’s vultures in
A Census for Scavengers >>

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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