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World's First Asian King Vulture Conservation Centre

  • 21 Jun 2024
  • 2 min read

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Recently, Uttar Pradesh has established the world's first conservation and breeding center for Asian king vultures in Maharajganj district.

Key Points

  • The facility aims to improve the population of Asian king vultures, which has been listed as critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list since 2007.
  • Asian king vultures (also called red-headed vulture) are critically endangered due to a loss of their habitats and the excessive use of  diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, in domestic animals, which becomes poisonous for vultures.
    • At present the centre has a pair of male and female vultures. Three more females, who are in the aviary, will gradually get their male counterparts. The aviary is 20-feet by 30-feet.
    • The centre aims to ensure the good health of growing vultures and provide them with a pair. Once a female lays an egg, the pair will be left free in their natural environment.

Asian King Vultures

  • This is one of the 9 species of Vulture which are found in India.
  • It is also called the Asian King vulture or Pondicherry Vulture was extensively found in India but its numbers drastically reduced after diclofenac poisoning.
  • Conservation status:
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