Bearded Vulture

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Gypaetus barbatus meridionalis

The Bearded Vulture is listed as endangered in the Southern African Red Data Book due to its small and declining population size, restricted range, range contraction, and the susceptibility to several threats in Lesotho and South Africa (BirdLife, 2004).  Its red data status and the lack of data on current population size lead to a monitoring programme being implemented in 2000 by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife to determine the number of breeding pairs in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

Results from the initial surveys in KwaZulu-Natal and subsequent surveys in the rest of the Bearded Vulture’s range in the Free State and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa and in the Kingdom of Lesotho, suggested a significant decline in the number of breeding pairs throughout its range and concern as to the viability of the species as a whole in southern Africa.

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