- Vultures need good publicity for the free service they perform to farmers by cleaning carcasses and
keepng the veld free from diseases. We can all help spread this message.
- Farmers have a special responsibility with regard to the careful use of
organophosphates and other poisons. Carcasses that have i)een recently treated
with any chemical substance, either internally or externally, should be removed
from the reach of vultures.
- In areas where vultures still occur,
uncontaminated carcasses may be left In the veld. Note that the Potberg vultures
seem to prefer the small, white carcasses of sheep or goats to donkeys, cows and
horses. The equation is simple: more food = more vultures.
- Please report sightings of live, ringed or dead birds to the contact numbers below.
The Overberg Vulture Group
The Overberg Vulture Group is a working group of
Nature Conservation and aims to promote the conservation of vultures in the
Overberg region through the active involvement of the community. The group is
affiliated to the Vulture Study Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Please
contact Cape Nature Conservation at the numbers below if you would like to
Overberg District Office, tel. (028) 314-0062
De Hoop Nature Reserve, tel. (028) 542-1253/4
Potberg Centre, tel. (028) 542-1114/5
Article Date: 8 October 2004