KATHMANDU, AUG 01 - The government has prepared a five-year Vulture Conservation Action Plan with an aim to prevent the endangered vulture species from extinction, as the illegal use of toxic Diclofenac, a veterinary drug, threatens their population.
The conservation action plan (2015-2019) endorsed by the government recently is a follow-up document for the implementation of various activities targeted to protect the existing vulture population in the country.
The action plan prepared by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), in coordination with Bird Conservation Nepal, aims to increase the population of the vulture species that are at high risk of extinction unless immediate conservation efforts are adopted. Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus), Slender-billed Vulture (Gpys tenuirostris) and White-rumped Vulture populations have dwindled to a critical stage over the years. It is estimated that the total number of these three critically endangered vulture species in the country is fewer than 2,550.