Local vulture centre teams up with Detroit Zoo

In a first ever, old world vultures are now sent back to Africa from North America in a joint venture by VulPro vulture centre in Hartbeespoort and the Detroit Zoo in America.

VulPro and Detroit Zoo have teamed up to further the efforts of old world vulture conservation by relocating the zoo’s female Lappet-Faced Vulture as well as two pair of breeding Hooded Vultures to the VulPro property here in South Africa. This is monumental as it will be the first time Old World Vultures are being sent from North America back to Africa,”Says Kerri Wolter, founder of VulPro.

“According to Detroit Zoo, the female Lappet-Faced Vulture is a strong and confident female who doesn’t take nonsense from any bird! We do not typically play matchmaker here at VulPro, but we happen to have a male Lappet-faced Vulture that has a propensity for aggressive behaviour in females. The energy these two bring to the table is sure to be a love story for the books, so be sure to stay tuned!”

“As for the Hooded Vultures joining in the journey, both pairs are proven breeders and thus the love and unity is a strong one. We are confident they will feel right at home here on the VulPro property and begin producing young in no time,” she says.

Old World vultures are vultures that are found in the Old World, i.e. the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, and which belong to the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, buzzards, kites, and hawks. A big difference between old and new world vultures is that old world vultures depend on sight to find food whereas many new world vultures have a very good sense of smell (which is unusual for birds) and can smell dead animals from a distance of up to two kilometers.