Vulture Conservation Success Story
Vulture Conservation Success Story

Vulture Conservation Success Story

Preface

There are habitats of Vultures in the coconut gardens of farmers and coconut farms of horticulture department in the areas of Mahuva, Katpar, Nana Asrana, Chardika and Chhapariyali villages of Bhavnagar district. There are 6 species of these scavengers are reported in the state of Gujarat. During the last vulture census of 2012-13, white-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis) and Eurasian Griffon (Gyps fulvus) are seen in Bhavnagar district.

Importance of Vulture

Vultures are the most useful scavenger of the nature. Vultures never kill any animal or bird, they only eat dead animals. Decomposition of dead animal produces numerous bacteria and viruses which are harmful and dangerous for human life and creates various new diseases. Hence, the vulture is a very important part of natural ecosystem and a boon for the mankind.

Vulture Survey

The Forest Department of Gujarat, Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation, Gandhinagar, NGOs working for conservation of nature and voluntary bird watchers carry out survey of near extinction species of vultures in Gujarat. This activity has been carried out since the year 2005. The details of the same is as given below :

Vulture Population Estimates

State Statistics

Sr. No. Year Population
1 2010 1065
2 2007 1431
3 2005
Vulture Population Estimates
Sr. No. Year Population
1 2010 1065
2 2007 1431
3 2005

Bhavnagar District Statistics

Sr. No. Year Population
1 2012 102
2 2010 105
3 2005 148
Bhavnagar District Statistics
Sr. No. Year Population
1 2012 102
2 2010 105
3 2005 148

Activities of the Forest Department for Vulture Conservation

Vulture Conservation

A seminar on conservation and breeding of vultures was organized at Kapadiya Wad, Bandar Road, Mahuva on 15/03/2015, which was attended by about 130 people including coconut pluckers, environment lovers, NGOs, representatives of Lion Nature Club, Mahuva, owners of some medical stores and staff members. Total 107 persons of 11 villages were made ‘Gidh Mitra’ and given identity card, cap, t-shirt, etc. it was instructed not to use banned diclofenac drugs.

Financial Assistance for Vulture Conservation

Vulture Conservation

Vulture Nesting on Naliyeri
Place : Mahuva

In the year 2014-15, assistance of Rs. 14,000/- was paid for 35 coconut trees to 14 beneficiaries for damage incurred to coconut leaves and crops because of vulture nests. Assistance worth Rs. 15,500/- also be paid for 31 coconut trees @ Rs. 500/-per nesting coconut tree to 15 beneficiaries for foregoing their produce.

Development of Vulture Feeding Site

Vulture Conservation

A feeding site is developed at Nana Asrana, Chardika and Chhapariyali so that vultures easily get cattle carcasses and water. Various vulture colonies are supervised and maintained for vulture conservation and sick vultures are treated by wild animals care centre. Dead vultures are sent to Pinjore in Haryana for post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.

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