Centre coming up to protect vultures

Wildlife experts and foresters are working with the Uttar Pradesh government to set up a conservation centre for vultures, whose population has drastically fallen in India.

Last Updated: May 17, 2012, 19:39 PM IST

Lucknow: Wildlife experts and foresters are working with the Uttar Pradesh government to set up a conservation centre for vultures, whose population has drastically fallen in India.

The state forest department, the Bombay Natural History Society and the Katerniaghat Foundation are working out details of the project, Vulture Safe Zone.

The project in the Terai region will be funded by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, an official said Wednesday.

Speaking at a seminar here, foresters said their aim was to restore the vulture population to ensure that ecological balance was maintained. They called vultures a vital part of the animal kingdom.

Vultures were once one of the most commonly sighted birds in India and neighbouring countries. Their numbers have been falling dangerously since the 1990s in India.

Experts mainly blame pesticide poisoning for this. According to published accounts, the fall in vulture population in 2000-07 was about 44 percent.

IANS