GOOD NEWS: vultures are on the increase in Pakistan!
A recent study by Chaudhry et al. (2012) published in the journal of BirdLife International, shows a population increase in long-billed vulture.
The findings come from analysis of vulture numbers from the Karunjhar Hills in Sindh Province (Pakistan’s largest nesting colony of long billed vultures) between 2003 and 2012. The data shows a clear decline between 2003 and 2007, a sudden increase in 2008 and stable numbers between 2008 and 2012 at numbers similar to that of 2003.
Chaudhry et al. (2012) acknowledge that they began monitoring after the onset of the vulture decline crisis and therefore the population increase to 2003 numbers may not be the same as pre-crisis numbers. However, the population trend has remained stable for four breeding seasons.
The data of Chaudhry et al. (2012) are likely to be the real effect of the ban on diclofenac and initiatives to stop the use of diclofenac.
Read Chaudhry et al. (2012).
See also our story on the population increase of vultures in India and Nepal.