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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

Key dates 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
  • Four vulture breeding centres established in India and Nepal and over 180 birds in captivity

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

Dr Richard Cuthbert
Principal Conservation Scientist


Bombay Natural History Society, Bird Conservation Nepal and Zoological Society of London


Darwin Initiative