The conservation status of West African vultures: an updated review and a strategy for conservation.
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dc.contributor.author Di Vittorio, M.
dc.contributor.author Hema, E.M.
dc.contributor.author Dendi, D.
dc.contributor.author Akani, G.C.
dc.contributor.author Cortone, G.
dc.contributor.author López López, P.
dc.contributor.author Amadi, N.
dc.contributor.author Segniagbeto, H.
dc.contributor.author Battisti, L.
dc.contributor.author Luiselli, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-27T08:43:28Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-27T08:43:28Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/70303
dc.description.abstract The vulture populations in West Africa are undergoing dramatic decline over the last 30 years. Their particular ecology and sociality makes them vulnerable to various risks, including environmental changes, poisoning and bioaccumulation of toxic substances from agricultural products, pesticides, and veterinary drugs used in cattle livestock. In addition, these birds are subject to direct persecution for the trade of products used in traditional medicine. This manuscript analyzes the conservation status of eight vulture species in West Africa and the threats affecting their survival. In order to assess the conservation status of vultures in West Africa, this paper analyzes all the available literature that has been published in scientific peerreviewed journals, including also technical reports and unpublished reports related to the whole West African region. Overall, and despite the high risk of extinction facing several vulture species all throughout the world, our literature surveys revealed that the scientific papers on the conservation of West African vultures are relatively few. Therefore, due to limited available literature, the main causes of vulture declines in West Africa remain relatively unclear. Apparently, all African vultures suffer from similar threats, especially poisoning, habitat alteration and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, loss of wild ungulates leading to a reduced availability of carrion, hunting for trade, for use in traditional medicine and bushmeat, persecution and human disturbance. Our review also addresses future steps that are needed for reversing the negative population trend of their free-ranging populations, including some specific conservation measures that are proposed to mitigate their decline.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Vie et Milieu-Life and Environment, 2018, vol. 68, num. 1, p. 33-43
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Di Vittorio, M. Hema, E.M. Dendi, D. Akani, G.C. Cortone, G. López López, P. Amadi, N. Segniagbeto, H. Battisti, L. Luiselli, L. 2018 The conservation status of West African vultures: an updated review and a strategy for conservation. Vie et Milieu-Life and Environment 68 1 33 43
dc.subject Fauna Protecció
dc.subject Voltors
dc.subject Hàbitat (Ecologia)
dc.title The conservation status of West African vultures: an updated review and a strategy for conservation.
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2019-05-27T08:43:28Z
dc.identifier.idgrec 132732

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