Join hands with Arulagam, an NGO, to protect the species

A large variety of birds of prey, including some eagles, has been found to be vulnerable to harmful effects of veterinary drug Diclofenac, a new study has shown.

The number of Oriental White-backed Vulture (Gyps bengalensis), a vulture species that is under the verge of extinction, has increased in the recent years.

Just five years ago, vultures were considered as harbingers of bad fortune in a village in western Nepal.

'Use of Diclofenac for cattle had been banned by the Drug Controller of India in 2006, but the use of drug still continues'

The disappearance of vultures, which feed on carcass and act as a natural scavenger, has made Arulagam, a research organisation working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, raise its voice to conserve the species.

Concept to help raise population of the scavenger birds.

White-rumped vultures (Gyps bengalensis) are disappearing fast from Bangladesh due to the unchecked use of toxic drugs in cattle apart from food crisis and the loss of their habitats.

A recent list of 100 Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) birds released by the Zoological Society London (ZSL) and Yale university includes 15 species from India.

Populations of three vulture species of the genus Gyps, the Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus and Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus have declined markedly on the Indian subcontinent since the mid-1990s and all are now Critically Endangered or Endangered. Gyps vultures have been killed by the widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, ingested when they feed on carcasses of domesticated ungulates treated with the drug shortly before death. However, it is not known whether Egyptian Vulture and Red-headed Vulture are also sensitive to diclofenac.

The death of 21 highly endangered Himalayan Griffon vultures in a Haldwani village has come as "very shocking news" for the Uttarakhand wildlife department.