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Recyclers (African vultures, that is) on the brink

vulture-kill-blood-droplet-2-1536Poachers and pastoralists are poisoning African vultures at an alarming rate, with several species in danger of disappearing. What’s the big deal? Before their numbers were decimated, vultures residing in or commuting into the Serengeti ecosystem during the annual migration—when 1.3 million white-bearded wildebeests shuffle between Kenya and Tanzania—consumed more meat than all mammalian carnivores in the Serengeti combined. Lose the vultures and there’d be some ugly knock-on effects. Read all about it in my feature for National Geographic.

Photo by Charlie Hamilton James.

2 comments

1 Robert Satz { 01.16.16 at 11:06 am }

I just heard your interview on the Ralph Nader Radio hour. Fascinating, thank you.

2 Joan Davis { 01.16.16 at 10:12 pm }

I also heard your interview on Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Very interesting. I have subscribed to your blog and will read your National Geographic article on the importance of vultures. Thank you. I look forward to reading your works and following your blog.

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