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SAVE – Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction

 

Background

Three species. Oriental white-backed, the long-billed and the slender-billed vulture, of south Asia are critically threatened with extinction in the near future.

This shocking decline is because of a veterinary drug, diclofenac, which is toxic to any vulture that feeds on the carcass of recently treated cattle. A lack of vultures in Asian skies is not just a conservation concern, but it also has a huge impact on humans, as amongst other things feral dog populations increase, feeding on the animal carcasses the vultures would usually pick bare, and with this the incidence of rabies also rises. As part of Exodus’ commitment to conservation and responsible travel, we have teamed up with the RSPB to support SAVE. We are working with the RSPB to help rid the market of diclofenac for veterinary use and reverse the fortunes of these birds.

Objective

SAVE is showing farmers that there are alternative drugs that are just as effective in treating cattle, and establishing Vulture Safe Havens - diclofenac free areas where captivity bred vultures can be released without risk of poisoning.  Learn more about SAVE and the work they are doing here

How are Exodus Helping?

We have pledged £20,000 over two years to support the project, plus we are hoping to raise an additional £50,000 by donating a fixed amount for every RSPB member who books an Exodus trip in the next two years.

And, if you are a RSPB member you are eligible for an introductory 5% discount.  Read more about this offer here

If you would like to offer your support to this project please click on the link below which will take you directly to the SAVE donation page.

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