Journal article

Poisoning causing the decline in South-East Asia's largest vulture population

Robin Loveridge, Gerard Edward Ryan, Phearun Sum, Oliver Grey-Read, Simon P Mahood, Alistair Mould, Stefan Harrison, Rachel Crouthers, Sok Ko, Tom Clements, Jonathan C Eames, Mathieu Pruvot



Cambodia supports populations of three Critically Endangered vulture species that are believed to have become isolated from the rest of the species' global range. Until recently Cambodia's vulture populations had remained stable. However a recent spike in the number of reports of the use of poisons in hunting practices suggests the need to re-evaluate the conservation situation in Cambodia. Population trend analysis showed that since 2010 populations of the White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis and Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus have declined, while the Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris may also have started to decline since 2013. These trends are supported by evidence of reduced..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Cambodia Vulture Conservation Project is a collaboration between the General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection (GDANCP) of the Ministry of Environment (MoE), the Forestry Administration (FA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), BirdLife International Cambodia Programme, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB). We would like to thank the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund for providing financial support to the Cambodia Vulture Conservation Project. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of l'Agence Francaise de Developpement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank.