Vulture Safe Zones

The idea behind the creation of vulture safe zones (VSZ) is to reduce the chances of vulture poisoning incidents. Through dialogue and partnership with farm owners, BWZ started this initiative at 3 farms in Chisamba and it has now grown to cover well over 75000ha of private land. Within this land, vultures have safe feeding area with no risk of poisoning and safe roosting sites. If you have a farm or ranch with large trees, attracting a lot of vultures and a section which doesn’t have heavy traffic and you are keen to be part of these initiative please contact the office (bwz.vultures@gmail.com) and we will help you join the group of people fighting to save Africa’s vultures. http://www.birdlife.org/africa/news/helping-farmers-create-safe-haven-vultures-zambia

Zambia hosts 7 vulture species; 4 species are critically endangered and 2 endangered according to the IUCN redlist of threatened species. As is the case with the rest of Africa, Zambia’s Vulture populations have suffered a human induced population decline of up to 98% in some species such as the White-headed (Trigonoceps occipitalis) and White-backed Vultures (Gyps africanus).

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Additional 18,500ha to the Vulture Safe Zones with support from National Geographic Society.

Last July, we successfully added Munyamadzi Game Reserve (Luangwa IBA) to the VSZs in Zambia.

The 18,500ha, unfenced private wilderness reserve is a home to many species of wildlife including birds such as Vultures that are seen soaring high around the skies of the reserve.

In an interest to protect and retain the Vulture population, we seek to hold at least 250000ha of VSZs in the country. The recently added 18,500ha VSZs is an exciting milestone., bringing the total area covered by VSZs in Zambia to 10900ha.

Look out for the sign posts when there!!!!