Vulture Tagging

In addition to establishing Vulture Safe Zones, BWZ teamed-up with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to collect data on Vulture movements

Vulture tagging is an important conservation effort that is being implemented by a combined team of conservationists. It is a vital way of obtaining information on movements, habitat range and the distance traveled by Vultures. It also helps understand the routes these birds take, the areas they forage in, their rousting spots and also their survival rate.

Since August 2017, a combined team from DNPW, BWZ, EWT and private farm owners have tagged Vultures and fitted them with wing tags, rings and some GSM tracking unit tags. The wing tags used are bright green in colour bearing visible codes with a combination of a letter and numbers with coding from ranging from Z027 to Z030 in the first session. A follow-up effort was undertaken in August 2018, within Chisamba IBA, during which an additional 9 vultures; Z001 to Z009 were tagged and 4 were fitted with tracking units. The team has continued the tagging post the breeding season and in August 2019, an additional 12 Vultures; Z010 to Z021 were tagged,11 White-backed Vultures and 1 Hooded Vulture(juvenile).

Movement of Tagged Vulture (Z007)

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Re-sighting data;

During the 3rd trapping session, the team spotted Z008, Z001, Z013, Z018 and Z015. Other re-sightings have been recorded in the database that is continuously being updated.

vulture resighting database

Acknowledgements

We are very grateful to Dr Ralph Buij (Wageningen University – Netherlands) and the Maxplanck Institute who donated GSM units and wildlife computers (US) who provided the satellite units. Special gratitude also goes to the Raptor Research Foundation – Leslie Brown Foundation, Hawk Conservancy Trust, Endangered Wildlife Trust, , Africa Bird Club and the Isdell Family Foundation for the additional support rendered to sustain these activities.

HOW TO REPORT VULTURE SIGHTINGS

To report the sighting please make note of the location and time of the sighting, tag number and colour, and species, as well as any information on the behaviour of the bird and send the information to bwz.vultures@gmail.com.

Photographs are also welcome and any additional information is welcome.

We look forward to more information on movements and re-sighting of these well-toured birds!!!