“African Vultures Are Endangered” BirdWatch Zambia Tells Ambassador

On Wednesday 25 January 2017, four members of BirdWatch Zambia, a partner of BirdLife International, headed by its CEO Mr. Trevor Robson, visited Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia.

They briefed the Ambassador on their activities to protect birds such as the Zambian Barbets, Cranes, Lovebirds, Shoebills and Vultures.

As for the African Vultures, seven of the eleven species that occur in Africa are threatened with extinction, mostly as a result of illegal poaching of elephants with poisons and illegal trade of the Vultures, BirdWatch Zambia conducts awareness raising activities as well as a pilot project that encourages private land owners in Chisamba to work towards a poison free “Vulture Safe Zone”, among their other activities (Contact: birdwatchcsef@gmail.com).

Ambassador Sobashima applauded their activities and said he would like to consider what he might do to cooperate with BirdWatch Zambia and BirdLife International for the protection of the endangered species.