03.11.2016

Lappet-faced Vultures are nesting close to Namib Desert Lodge


Close shot of a Lappet-faced Vulture.

Measuring a vulture chick.

The Vulture Namibia team at a vulture’s nest in Gondwana Namib Park.

They are scruffy, they look somehow strange, and they are scavengers making a living from others' misery - Vultures aren’t necessarily the birds with the best reputation.

Well, a trip with MET’s Holger Kolberg and the Vultures Namibia team to the remote parts of the Namib Desert may change your mind. On the eastern boundary of the Namib Naukluft Park and just around the corner of Gondwana’s Namib Desert Lodge the untouched habitat is the breeding ground for many of Namibia’s Lappet-faced Vultures. Once a year Holger and his team - equipped with a Landcruiser and a long ladder - pay a visit.

The newly born chicks, which are definitely as cute as any other pup, get measured, weighed, ringed and outfitted with wing tags. This allows to gather important insights into the life of the impressive birds with a wingspan of nearly three metres whose numbers saw dramatic declines in the recent past. Their biggest threat? Poison which is still widely used to get rid of predators.

Got curious? Visit Vultures Namibia on Facebook to find out more!


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