Sathyamangalam Forests offer Safe Haven for Threatened Vultures

A White-rumped Vulture from Sigur
Ramki Sreenivasan
Nature lovers and conservationists estimate that there are more than 100 vultures in the Sathyamangalam area.

Sathyamangalam, along with Wayanad, Nagarhole and Bandipur sanctuaries is offering a protective environment for vultures. Sathyamangalam and Moyar offer open scrub forests that make it easy for vultures to spot carcasses. Since the region is located on migratory paths of animals, carcasses are plentiful too. Vultures have faced over 99.9% decline in their population since 1990s, primarily due to the use of Diclofenac – a painkiller used in livestock. Over 40 vultures of three species were found in Sathyamangalam and Sigur during a recent bird survey organised by Bombay Natural History Society (BHNS).

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