International Vulture Awareness Day, 1 Sept 2012

01 October 2012

International Vulture Awareness Day, 1 Sept 2012

Henry Ford once said; “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; and working together is success!”

As a conservation facility, we constantly promote the voice of preservation with the goal of educating the public on the plight of our many endangered animal residents. Considering the effort it takes to commit to this initiative, it remained an easy decision. It is not just our duty to protect the species… it is a global duty, and one that we are proud to be a part of.

International Vulture Awareness Day, on 1 September, was something that we were eager to support! It was enlightening to see like-minded facilities around the world join hands in promoting much needed awareness for the vulture species. At Cango Wildlife Ranch we have four Cape Griffon Vultures (Gyps coprotheres) – our very own Adams family consisting of Gomez, Morticia, Lurch and Pugsley. We proudly provide a safe-haven for these birds, of which two have been rehabilitated.

In the weeks building up to Vulture Awareness Day, our staff cut and painted a life-size vulture wing-span board and built a vulture donation box, while our curators and volunteers collected vulture feathers on the ranch! We sold the feathers to members of the public, as well as photo’s of our grumpy Adam’s family, while visitors of all ages measured their wing-span against our mighty vulture board! Our informative guides included extra information into their tours, explaining the plight of the vultures and the importance of International Vulture Awareness Day! In doing so, our donations box gained a lot of attention, as did our posters promoting the Endangered Wildlife Trust!

We are proud to announce that during the ‘Vulture-Weekend’ we raised a total of R1204.05! All the proceeds were donated to the Birds of Prey Programme, which is a conservation branch of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

As a proud PAAZAB member, our confidence lies in knowing that we can all make a difference in the fight for conservation… and through working together - success is inevitable! 

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