VulPro

Link to the wild

Support the Cape Vulture Supplementation Project, to re-colonize Roberts’ Farm colony, the western-most colony in the Magaliesberg Mountains, South Africa. 

The Project

Provide transportation cost for all 20 Cape Vultures bred at the VulPro breeding facility to a release site in the Magaliesberg Mountains, South Africa. 

Supply additional funds to supplementary feed and monitor these vultures. 

The Target
£3k

The goal of the VulPro Cape Vulture Supplementation Project is to re-colonize Roberts’ Farm colony, the western-most colony in the Magaliesberg Mountains, South Africa. Historically, this colony contained at least 150 breeding pairs. However, the site was entirely abandoned in 2012. Cape Vultures still breed in two colonies 30 and 50 km east of Roberts’ Farm. The species is still found in the region, no individuals were removed from the wild population for this project and landowners in the region have voiced full support of the proposal. 

Using wild disabled stock, VulPro have successfully breed 20 Cape Vulture chicks at their breeding facilities over a period of about 4 years.

Now, those chicks at 1 year of age or over, need to be transported from the breeding facility to the the Nooitgedacht release enclosure until for a period of 6 months before being released. Blair Drummond Safari Park is extremely pleased to meet the transport cost of this operation.

This initiative is a first for the country and continent, in addition, the view is spectacular and is located on the highest point of the Magaliesberg mountains which is now registered as a Biosphere reserve.  The vultures will be tagged, fitted with tracking devises and their progress monitored by VulPro

Where your money goes

Nooitgedacht, Magaliesberg mountains. South Africa

Mark Mcallister

Bird of Prey Presenter

I've been lucky enough to work with a number of vultures in my career and I'm devastated by the situation they face in the wild. I'm dedicated to my support of VulPro so they can continue to take the fight to the source of the problem and save these extremely important and wonderful animals from the brink of extinction. 

Common name
Cape Vulture
Scientific name
Gyps coprotheres
Location
South Africa
Lifespan
40 Years
Fast facts
It nests on cliffs and lays one egg per year
It has been classified as endangered since 2015
Tracked specimens in Namibia were found to have home ranges of 22,500 km2
As of 2013, estimates of total population size is 4,000 pairs
The Cape vulture is the third largest old world vulture
Conservation status
Endangered