Vulture fledgling season is almost here and VulPro is requesting residents to be on the lookout for fledlings that might have been grounded.
“Vultures breed during our winter months; incubation is between 54 to 56 days and each nestling remains with its parents for almost 5 months. Once the nestlings reach fledgling age, they begin to explore and move around on the cliff faces and eventually, take their maiden flight which can take place anytime from mid-October through to January each year. Once these fledglings begin to fly and explore their surrounds in the hope of foraging on their own, they often get into ‘tricky’ situations and find themselves in dangerous areas or areas where they cannot take flight again,” says Kerri Wolter, founder and CEO of VulPro. This is due to a reduction in open natural spaces below the Magaliesberg Mountain and the surrounding Hartbeespoort Dam as Cape Vultures are large, bodied birds that need open areas to run and take off.
“Protecting each individual is vital to the species continued survival and thus, we need to keep abreast of all vulture happenings throughout their home and foraging ranges. VulPro is once again appealing to the public to please keep a watchful eye for any grounded vultures and contact us immediately. Please also remain with the bird until we get there as a grounded bird, even a bird with a broken wing can walk away and disappear – never to be found again.”
Contact VulPro 24/7 on 082 808 5113 should you come across a vulture.
The Magaliesberg Mountain is home to over 350 breeding pairs of Cape Vultures, as well as non-breeding individuals and is an important area in which to preserve and protect. Cape Vultures are listed as endangered with only 4 500 breeding pairs left in the world. They forage throughout southern Africa and some even further afield having tracked some individuals as far as the Congo.