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Conserving critically endangered vultures in Asia

Indian white-backed vulture

White-rumped vulture: Critically endangered

Image: Goran Ekstrom

Project objectives

  • To halt the decline in vulture populations in South Asia and provide an environment free from diclofenac and other toxic drugs

Progress so far

  • Governments of India, Nepal and Pakistan have banned manufacture of diclofenac
  • Project has determined that an alternative drug (meloxicam) is safe for vultures and this replacement is being increasingly used
  • Five vulture breeding centres established in India and Nepal producing over 60 fledglings per year with over 400 birds in captivity and programmes now underway

Work planned or underway

The vulture research and conservation programme has been underway since 2000 and is set to continue for at least another 5 years.

Who to contact

Chris Bowden
International Species Recovery Officer / Head of Vulture Programme


Bombay Natural History Society, Bird Conservation Nepal and fourteen more partners of 'Saving Asia's Vultures from extinction' (SAVE)