Vulture News

The journal of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group


Dr Gareth Tate
Manager: Birds of Prey Programme
Tel: +27 11 372 3600 / +27 21 799 8459
Cell: +27 82 447 3619

Rebecca Mabuza
Tel: +27 11 372 3600
Cell: +27 079 591 8106 (cell)



Dr Campbell Murn FRSB
Hawk Conservancy Trust


Prof. Peter Mundy
Dr Darcy Ogada






The IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Vulture Specialist Group Study Group is dedicated to Accipitrid and Cathartid vulture conservation, research and education.
It was founded in 2011 and is made up of biologists, conservationists and people from other areas of expertise that work with or have an interest in vultures. The conservation philosophy is based on the concept that groups of concerned people can take a group of threatened species under their protection and assume responsibility for their survival.

Vulture News is the journal of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group. It was originally the journal of the Vulture Study Group, which was formed in 1973 in southern Africa. The journal has been published since 1979 and is a venue for research, news, information and reports on vultures in all parts of the word where they occur. Contributions from ornithologists, research biologists, bird watchers, conservationists and any other interested people are encouraged. Single (or a series of) interesting pictures with extended captions are also encouraged. Refer to contributor information for more details.

International correspondents
The journal is seeking international correspondents to join the editorial team. The main roles of a correspondent are to act as a point of contact in their region and to solicit material for the journal by maintaining links with local vulture workers and projects. People interested to be a correspondent should contact the Editor.

Current correspondents include:
Africa – Dr Peter Mundy
USA – Diann McRae
Spain and Europe – Alvaro Camiña Cardenal
West Africa - Dr Justus Deikumah

Production and publication of
Vulture News is sponsored by Sasol

Sasol - adding protection to natural life

Sasol is passionately involved in numerous environmental and conservation projects in South Africa and has integrated the concept and pursuit of sustainable development into its business values.

The group supports endangered species such as wild dogs and vultures and sponsors a series of books on flora and fauna as well as bird-call recordings. It has also invested in community bird watching facilities and wildlife conservation programmes.

Sasol also supports several projects for the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatised wild animals, funds school level environmental education programmes, and is involved in nature conservation at community level, such as the establishment of game conservancies adjacent to the Sasol factories at Secunda and Sasolburg.

Another significant initiative is Sasol Sensory Trail at Delta Park in Johannesburg which was especially conceived to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the environment.