The Bearded Vulture is dying out in southern Africa. One day, all we will have will be photographs and regrets to remind us of the amazing creatures that once flew in our skies. There are less than 100 Bearded Vulture nesting pairs left.
The Maluti-Drakensberg Vulture Project commenced in 2000 to ensure the well-being and conservation of Bearded Vultures in southern Africa by tracking these beautiful birds and educating the general public about the importance of their role in biodiversity and the environment.
In 2009, when Olivia Taylor was in Grade 6 she became concerned about the plight of the Bearded Vulture. After initially meeting Ian Rushworth from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, she committed herself to raising funding for the Project. Working closely with Sonja Krüger, an Ecologist with Ezemvelo KZN wildlife, Olivia's passion and effort has helped raise in excess of US$10 000 so far from equally commited donors.
This site tells the story of the wonderful work being done by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the Maluti-Drakensberg Vulture Project, why the Bearded Vulture is so important, how Olivia has contributed, and what you can do to help.
Photo - Olivia Taylor
What we are trying to do
We need to understand Bearded Vultures better. We are tracking their movements to see where and how they need help and if we are being successful in their conservation.
We need to de-bunk some myths, such as that they are a threat to farmer's livestock, or that their body parts can be used for "muthi" - we can help educate the communities in which the vultures live.