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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

 

Johannesburg Zoo

 

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Join a fun-filled sunset tour and quiz night at the 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 Saturday, 6 December the Zoo will be hosting a Vulture Conservation Sunset Tour and Quiz Night starting at 6pm. Entrance is R250, covering the tour, quiz, snacks and wine, and all proceeds will go towards the ongoing efforts to protect these vulnerable birds.

Keeping track of released vultures

In particular, your money will help the Zoo and Vulpro, the largest vulture conservation project in Africa, to buy the hi-tech tracking equipment needed to support a vulture release planned for early 2015.

The Zoo and Vulpro are collaborating in a breeding-and-release programme, and aim to use the trackers to monitor the young vultures that take part in their next release.

The plan is to fit each bird with a tracker that will monitor it for five years. A single tracker costs R45 000 - hence the drive the raise funds, and the appeal for your help to support the initiative.

Show off your Quiz skills and help save the Cape Vulture

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 is currently home to four of Vulpro's juvenile Cape Vultures, which the Zoo uses to teach people about the birds and the threats they face.

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

Six of the Zoo's Cape Cape Vultures are part of this breeding programme, and have produced a number of offspring, some of whom will take part in the release proposed for early 2015.