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Take part in a Vulture Conservation Walk/Run at Joburg Zoo and support a joint programme to ensure the survival of South Africa's Cape Vultures through rescue, rehabilitation, breeding and tracker-assisted research.

On 28 June, the Joburg Zoo will be hosting a Vulture Conservation Walk/Run at the Zoo from 7.30am to 10am. Entrance is R50, and all proceeds will go towards the ongoing efforts to protect these vulnerable birds.

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Cape Vultures, South Africa's only endemic vulture species, are under threat - in part from livestock farmers who sometimes poison carcasses to kill predators such as jackals and leopards, inadvertently poisoning large numbers of Cape Vultures and other scavengers.

The species is already extinct in Swaziland and is critically endangered in Namibia.

The Joburg Zoo-Vulpro partnership

To try to turn this around, the Joburg Zoo has joined forces with Vulpro. The organisation, based in Hartebeespoort in North West province, focuses on:

  • Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured wild vultures of all species;
  • Supplementing the feeding of wild vultures;
  • Caring for a captive Cape Vulture colony in Hartebeespoort;
  • Captive-breeding and releasing Cape Vultures; and
  • Educating people about vultures and the threats they face.

Johannesburg Zoo helps Vulpro with free veterinary services when required, and hosts some of Vulpro's juvenile Cape Vultures, using them to teach people about the birds and the threats they face.

When the young birds become sexually mature they are moved back to Hartebeespoort and placed in Vulpro's breeding programme, and new juveniles are sent to the zoo.

Some of the Zoo's Cape Cape Vultures are also part of the breeding programme.