Critically Endangered Vultures Are Released In Bengal As Indian Conservationists Try To Save Two Species

India is very active in conservation efforts. It is also home to many endangered species. The country is working to save the threatened animals. State conservation agencies are being given funds to save dozens of species. Among them are critically endangered vultures.

Flying Turkey vulture
Flying Turkey vulture by National Park Service is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0 Vultures are large keen eyed birds. The 7 species of New World Vultures are similar in appearance to Old World vultures. They are not closely related.

According to NDTV 13 of the critically endangered vultures were recently released in Bengal. NDTV is an Indian news media outlet. Bengal is a portion of eastern India at the apex of the Bay of Bengal. It borders Bangladesh.

According to NDTV 13 of the vultures are Oriental white-backed vultures. The other seven are Himalayan griffon vultures. The white-backed vultures were captive born, the griffons are rescues.

In Landmark Moment, 13 Critically Endangered Vultures Released In Bengal
Vultures feeding. NDTV photo. Critically endangered vultures were recently released in Bengal

“All thirteen captive-bred oriental White-backed vultures are sub-adults and are fitted with satellite tags that are known as Platform Transmitter Terminal (PTT), which makes it possible to monitor the movement of these birds wherever they go. The oriental white-backed vultures are residents of West Bengal, so they are likely to remain in West Bengal itself, but may visit neighboring states like Assam, Meghalaya, and countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. The Himalayan griffon vultures could possibly travel to their breeding areas, which could be in Central Asia, China, or the high Himalayas. The next six months will be crucial, and the data from the transmitters will be tracked closely to get an idea of how safe the vultures are in the environment in their surroundings. According to the outlet.

brown cheetah
Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) were exterminated in India. The country is now bringing them back. Photo by Frans van Heerden on

According to Brittanica

there are seven species New World vultures, including condors. There are 15 species in the rest of the world. New World vultures are members of the family Cathartidae. Old World vultures are in the family Accipitridae. Vultures are scavengers and dispose of carcasses. They are well adapted to scavenging. Many are bald to prevent blood from matting feathers when scavenging inside body cavities.

Indian authorities are seeking to protect many species. Including tigers and Gir lions. The country has recently begun an ambitious effort to reintroduce cheetahs to the country.

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