African Vultures Vultures are an integral part of many ecosystems; by eating animals which may have died from illness, they help to prevent the spread of disease. However, vultures are threatened by an array of issues, including poisoning, land-use changes, and decreases in food availability. VulPro VulPro is a South African non-profit organization dedicated to saving vultures through research, education, lobbying, and rehabilitation efforts. VulPro uses GPS tracking devices to determine where vultures in Southern Africa live and feed, which allows VulPro to effectively protect common food sources and identify threat zones. The organization also researches the presence and effects of toxic veterinary drugs in vultures and their food sources. Armed with the knowledge they’ve gained, VulPro seeks to lobby for the removal or responsible use of these substances. The organization also provides educational opportunities for the community and rehabilitates grounded, injured, poisoned, and disabled vultures. Part of the proceeds from the Zoo’s Behind-the-Scenes Hippo Tour is donated to VulPro to fund their critical vulture conservation work.