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Exciting News from Changa Manga in Pakistan

6 April 2016

We are thrilled to announce that there are two Oriental White-backed Vulture chicks at the conservation breeding centre that we support at Changa Manga, near Lahore in Pakistan. This is the first ever successful breeding of this species in captivity in Pakistan. Two healthy white-backed vulture chicks hatched during February this year at the facility.

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Raptors in West and Central Africa threatened by trade for bushmeat and fetish

17 August 2015

The trade in vultures and other raptors for traditional medicine and bushmeat is likely to be contributing to the serious declines of these birds in West and Central Africa. A new study, published in the scientific journal Oryx, showed that 27% of 2,646 raptor carcasses on sale in markets throughout the region were threatened or near threatened species according to the IUCN Red List. In West Africa, 73% of raptors were traded in Nigeria and 21% in Benin, making these countries the regional hotspots for this largely illicit trade.

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Birdlife appeal re EC consultation. More than 520,000 signed

28 July 2015

The consultation is now closed, with 520,325 signatories calling to save nature.

We strongly support BirdLife International's call for signatures, and are grateful to all those who have added their names to this cause.

For more information, visit www.birdlife.org/naturealert

African vultures declining at critical rate

19 June 2015

  • New research has found that African vultures are heading towards extinction
  • Vultures have declined by up to 97%
  • Poisoning is the biggest threat to African vultures
  • Only last month images were published showing vultures killed by a poison so toxic they died with food still in their beaks
  • Study also found very little effective protection for the birds, even in national parks and game reserves
  • Most African vultures are now likely to be listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN
  • The UK-based Hawk Conservancy Trust and its partners have called for urgent action to be taken to avoid serious consequences to the ecosystem and human health

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Press release: Calls for drug lethal to vultures to be banned

14 March 2014

The anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, which is highly toxic to vultures, has been authorised for veterinary use within the European Union. This represents a grave threat to Europe?s vulture populations, many of which have only recently recovered from historic lows.
Please click here to sign the petition to ban veterinary use of Diclofenac in Europe - a drug harmful to vultures

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Staff vacancy - Corporate, Private and Special Events Manager

24 January 2014

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, confident events management or hospitality professional who will have the drive and determination to continue our outstanding track record in delighting customers.

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2012 Caption competition winner announced

7 February 2013

The monthly winning entries for 2012 have been submitted to a public vote by followers of the Trust on facebook and twitter, and a winner declared.

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2012 Photographic competition winners announced

30 January 2013

Our judges have completed their deliberations, and we are now able to declare the winners and runners-up (highly commended) in each of the six categories of the competition. We offer our hearty congratulations to the successful entrants and, indeed, to all entrants for the very high quuality of photographs entered.

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Top awards for the Hawk Conservancy Trust

3 December 2012

Success for the Hawk Conservancy Trust in the Tourism South East Beautiful South Awards. The Trust received a Highly Commended in the 'Access for All' tourism category and Silver in the 'Large Visitor Attraction of the Year' award. On the same evening, Executive Life President, Ashley Smith, was presented with an 'Outstanding Achievement Award' from the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) for his service to the zoo community.

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American Bald Eagle predicts election win for President Obama

7 November 2012

A film crew from BBC TV's 'The One Show' visited the Trust the day before the USA presidential elections to see if American Bald Eagle, Cheyenne, could predict the winner - in an experiment that even Paul the Octopus, who predicted the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners, would have approved of.

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Gymnogenes have very flexible intertarsal leg joints. This means they can move their lower leg forwards, backwards and sideways.
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