Cape Griffon Vulture Research

Identification/TrackingIdentification/Tracking

June 2004 

Via photographic observation of the colony at the Waterberg plateau park and at rotational vulture restaurants within the Cape Griffon's foraging range, we create 'vulture passports' to provide positive identification.

Passports - when REST began our conservation program it was believed that only three Cape Griffons were still alive in Namibia.  We immediately began documenting and photographing all sightings.  By noting the color patterns on the inside and outside of the wings (a technique used successfully with the California Condor) we were able to determine that Namibia had at least 8 adult birds and one immature bird.  In the last five years we believe that the population has increased by one pure blooded bird a year and so far the last five years chicks have survived.  We continue to take pictures of each bird seen and this has been made possible by donations from Hal Stein and Ned and Diana Twining who donated funds for a Nikon digital d100 camera which takes fantastic pictures.  We also received a donation of an external hard drive in order to store and protect the thousands of pictures taken.

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