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Vulture Populations are Crashing

Vultures may have a bad reputation as scavengers with a disgusting lifestyle but they perform vital functions in the ecosystems across Africa.  And they are facing serious threats.  Populations of seven species have fallen 80% in the past three generations, mainly due to poisoning of carcasses.  This is unfortunate as vultures clean up carcasses and in doing so prevent the spread of disease and help recycle nutrients.  Besides, they are simply fascinating birds.

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