The importance of vultures nowadays is usually overlooked. Vultures are mostly perceived as being greedy creatures associated with decay. This is seen in popular culture where land grabbers and corrupt people are often portrayed as vultures. In nature, however, vultures play a critical role in keeping the environment clean and healthy. They are a part of the web of life on which all living things – including people – depend on. Their swift response means carcasses are picked clean before disease spores can take hold. Africa’s vultures are disappearing at a devastating rate, seven of Africa’s eleven species now have fallen by 80-97% (over 92% in five species).In Kenya un-intentional poisoning due to predation based human-wildlife-conflict, intentional poisoning and electrocution/collision with poorly-planned power lines and wind farms. We want to create awareness on the plight of vultures in Kenya and raise funds to support community engagement to reduce wildlife poisoning. To tackle the vulture problem Nature Kenya adopted a strategy that includes:
- Stopping the poisoning by enabling local authorities to react quickly to poisoning incidents. We create awareness at market centers, train local people on poisoning site management and response including carcasses removal.
- Securing the strongholds where healthy populations of vultures are still thriving.
- Changing the public’s and governments’ perception of the role vultures play in our health and survival.
- Support field research to improving our scientific knowledge of vultures.