Rüppell’s Vulture

Gyps rueppellii

Native to Africa, the Ruppell’s vulture is a large bird that has a beak powerful enough to break and crunch bones. This is essential for survival since they feed solely on dead animals. Vultures can often be seen flying overhead as they spend much of their day soaring high looking for food.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Africa
lengthLength: Up to 3.3 ft
weightWeight: 15 to 20 bs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 40 to 50 yrs
habitatHabitat: Woodland savannah
dietDiet: Carrion
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)