Vultures’ status uplifted during Vulture Awareness day 2022
The residents of Kampala woke up to a rather unusual Saturday on the 10th of September. Starting off at the Uganda Museum, a media truck accompanied by staff and members of Nature Uganda took to the streets to raise awareness and carry out vulture counts. These were part of the planned activities to mark International Vulture Awareness Day.
Held every first Saturday of September, the day aims at creating awareness on the plight of vultures. Misunderstood birds that play a critical role in the wellbeing of the environment.
would otherwise rot and cause problems of disease for humans and animals.
Without them, it’s not a stretch of imagination to see levels of disease transmission rise. This is because a single vulture has been estimated to be worth over US$ 11,000 just for its cleaning services. By halting the spread of diseases, vultures help reduce the health burden.
Beyond this, they are also known to clear up dead carcasses on the roads and have been known to help in monitoring the illicit activities of poachers due to their tendency to make overhead circling in places where poachers are. In so doing, vultures help national park management in tracking down poachers.
Results: Teams that participated in the counts produced results and a total of One hundred sixty-eight (168) individuals of vultures were recorded, all of which were hooded vultures. None of the other big four vulture species- Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis, (African White-backed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis, Ruppells Vulture Gyps rueppellii, White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis and Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos) were recorded, these are known to occur in the Savanna parks of Uganda.