Vulture survival hope

There is new hope for the survival of the critically-endangered Oriental White-backed Vulture, according to the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Conservationists at Changa Manga in Pakistan have recorded successful breeding efforts by the species, whose numbers decreased more than 99% in the 1990s due to poisoning from the veterinary painkiller Diclofenac.

Coupled with community awareness projects and a ban in Diclofenac, it is hoped that this may mark the recovery of the vulture, which once numbered in the millions.