2019 Breeding Study

Throughout 2019, VulPro monitored seven Cape vulture colonies to compare the number of breeding pairs with figures from the previous year and understand population trends. Three colonies of this endangered species saw an increase in breeding pairs, while four of the colonies saw a decrease. VulPro also monitored critically endangered African white-backed and hooded vulture nests at five different sites. Increases in active nests were observed at four of the five sites, but the mid-season success rates at all but two nests were below 75%. This data is important for understanding the population trends of vultures in Southern Africa.