White-backed vulture

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The cleaner of the savannah

The African white-backed vulture lives in the trees of the savannah, nesting in the high branches and feeding on the carcasses of large herbivores. Several hundred of them can be found on a single carcass, which they clean completely in just a few minutes…

A common vulture in Africa, nevertheless its numbers have declined in recent years.   The reasons: the conversion of savannah into agricultural land, persecution, hunting…

Our white-backed vultures share a large aviary with griffon vultures … which you can enter. Exception made from December to April (surroundings): they are then in full breeding season!

Latin name: Gyps africanus
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Size: 94 cm, wingspan 210 – 220 cm
Weight: 4 – 7 kg
Lifespan: 19 years
Incubation: 56 days
Number of eggs: 1
Habitat: savannah
Diet: carrion-eater
Distribution: southern Sahara: from Mauritania in the west to Ethiopia in the east, through East Africa right down to South Africa.
Conservation status: Critically Endangered