Bald heads. Rotting carcasses. Birds circling ominously in the sky. When you think about vultures, these are probably the images that come to mind. The birds may have a bad rap, but they are also an important part of many ecosystems, efficiently disposing of carcasses that would otherwise contaminate water supplies and possibly spread disease.
In Nepal, a new project supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) – within which CI is a partner – is working with local communities and nonprofits to establish “vulture restaurants,” helping to bring the vulture population back from the brink of extinction.
Read the full story to learn more about these unique birds and their relationship to humans – yet another example of how our actions can both imperil species…or serve as their only hope.