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Vulture Tracking in South Africa
Graham's Diaries October 2007 October 2008
Tracking map detail As reported in October 2008, Graham travelled to South Africa to assist in the African White Backed Vulture research programme.
The key task was fitting GPS transmitters to four young vultures. This is a major development providing accurate data about where the birds forage and roost from day to day with incredible accuracy.
The Vultures. As well as fitting the GPS units and wing tags, the vultures were also given names.
Angus the African White Backed Vulture
Angus
Acacia the African White Backed Vulture
Acacia
Amar the African White Backed Vulture
Amar
Alpha the African White Backed Vulture
Alpha
Map of South Africa
The primary aim of the programme is to monitor the White Backed Vulture population in the Greater Kimberley area of South Africa. The fitting of the GPS units and the data they are giving has already proved vital in key areas of the research.
Knowing exactly where the birds are at any one time is incredibly useful in understanding such factors as their distribution in relation to land use, what types of trees the vultures favour for roosting & nesting and also establishing causes of mortality.
The blue tag on the following aerial photographs shows the movements of Amar.
Amar is the vulture specifically sponsored by Gauntlet and
partly funded from the kind donations of visitors to the centre.

Tracking Map June 2009

Tracking Map April 2009


Tracking Map February 2009


Tracking Map December 2008

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