Wild adult white-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis) in flight.Pinjore, Haryana, India

Vulture Safe Havens

Find out more information about the diclofenac-free Save Havens for vultures we are creating.

About Safe Havens

If the dwindling populations of wild vultures are to survive and, crucially, if reintroductions of birds raised in captivity are to succeed, the next step on this tough journey has to be providing safe areas for them in the wild. They need protected diclofenac-free places to feed, grow and eventually start to regain their numbers.

Vulture Safe Havens (also known as Vulture Safe Zones) will each have a radius of 100km and thereby cover an area of 30,000 square kilometres. We have identified a number of provisional vulture safe zones, but they will only be declared safe for vultures if there is no diclofenac in use within the entire Safe Haven.

We will ensure this by testing cattle carcasses. The area will only be declared diclofenac-free if more than 800 samples taken from cattle carcasses in the area over two years have no diclofenac present.

Vultures

Diclofenac-free

Once declared diclofenac-free, Safe Havens will be carefully managed and monitored to ensure they remain diclofenac-free. Key to this will be the employment of a dedicated team for each one to deliver:

  • Regular cattle carcass testing within the Safe Haven area
  • Regular contact and awareness work by dedicated staff with state officials, vets, drug distributors, local farmers and veterinary colleges in the area
  • Surveys of vulture populations within each 100 km radius and annual nest counts
  • In the early stages, provision of diclofenac-free prey to encourage wild vultures to stay within the Vulture Safe Haven and re-establish in the wild.
Vet drawing syringe of Diclofenac

How you can help

Please donate today, and help us continue this vital work. With your help, we should have plenty more to celebrate in the future.

To find out more, please contact Chris Bowden, SAVE Programme Manager, at chris.bowden@rspb.org.uk.

If you would like to discuss sponsoring a Safe Haven (with a gift of £1,000 or more), please contact Conor Jameson at conor.jameson@rspb.org.uk.

If you would like to discuss bespoke opportunities for your business to help SAVE, please contact Alex Hipkiss at alex.hipkiss@rspb.org.uk.

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White-rumped vulture
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