Victoria Safari Lodge raises funds for vulture conservation

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Africa Albida Tourism Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has raised US$5 000 towards vulture conservation.

In a statement, Africa Albida Tourism public relations officer Marianne Betts said Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has raised nearly $US5 000 directed towards the conservation of vultures.

“Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Home of the Vulture Culture Experience has raised nearly US$5 000 which has gone towards the conservation of these endangered sentinels, Betts said.

She said vultures play an important role in the ecosystem.

“Vultures are very crucial to the ecosystem for their role as “janitors”- cleaning up the carcasses and kills and removing diseases, but sadly due to a variety of human created issues their populations are dwindling”, Betts said.

She said the donation of the $5 000 to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust will also assist with the completion of the vulture population survey and support the successful conservation education programme, which has been running since 2009 and focusing on vultures.

Betts said vultures require 800 grammes of meat every two week and any donation will go a long way in meeting the food and veterinary needs of rehabilitating the birds.

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