Donation Appeal

Annual Census for Cambodia's Critically Endangered Vultures

  • Cambodia

About Appeal

Help fund a $600 vulture census today! This census records the population location and trends and are critical for conservation efforts to preserve these critically endangered species. 

Southeast Asia’s vultures have declined rapidly due to habitat loss, loss of wildlife species which would have made up their main diet, and poisoning. SVC supports each year the now iconic Vulture Restaurant in Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides a much-needed source of safe food for one of the last vulture populations remaining in Cambodia.

All three of Cambodia’s vulture species are listed as “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). These species have already been lost from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, survival of the Cambodian population is critical.

The community is paid to provide cattle to use for the feeding program, which also brings additional revenue to the village. It is not uncommon to see over 40 Critically Endangered Vultures feeding at this site alongside Golden Jackal.

WCS implements all critically endangered vulture conservation activities in Chhep Widlife Sanctuary in collaboration with the Cambodia Vulture Working Group (CVWG) which is a partnership between the Ministry of Environment, Forestry Administration, Angkor Centre for Conservation Biodiversity (ACCB), BirdLife International Cambodia Programme (BirdLife), the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) Cambodia, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia Program.

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