Target: Birdlife International CEO Patricia Zurita
Goal: Launch a massive conservation plan to save the African vultures by working with officials and stepping up protections of these important creatures.
Six of eleven vulture species in Africa face the risk of extinction thanks to poachers, poisoning and hunters who kill the vulture to use in traditional medicine. These findings were reported by a recently released study conducted by Birdlife International.
Poachers purposely kill the birds in order to stop the animals from signaling to officials that poachers have illegally killed an animal. Since the vultures feed on dead carcasses, if poachers kill an elephant like an elephant, the vultures will circle in the sky around the dead animal, alerting officials to poachers.
The vultures play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems as part of the food chain. Their decline affects other species because without them, populations of other scavengers like rats and jackals could increase.
It’s crucial that something is done to protect these innocent creatures who are a major help in officials’ ability to stop poachers. Urge officials to launch a conservation plan to save these beautiful birds from extinction.
Dear Mrs. Zurita,
Your study found that six of eleven vulture species in Africa face the risk of extinction. This is sad no matter what animal it’s happening to, but these vultures play a crucial role in fighting poachers and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Without them, many species including humans will be affected.
I urge you to work with African officials to enact a conservation plan that will help to save these innocent birds from extinction. It’s vital that they remain a part of the African ecosystem and the fight to protect other species against poachers.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Ronnie Macdonald