MORE GOOD NEWS: vulture declines in India and Nepal have slowed!
A recent study by Prakash et al. (2012) published in the journal PloS ONE, reveals vulture declines in India and Nepal have slowed and possibly reversed in Oriental white-backed vultures in India.
The findings come from analysis of long-term monitoring datasets with new data collected in 2011. The study examined the change in vulture number for the three Critically Endangered Gyps vultures along road transects spanning 15,000 km in northern India and 1,000 km in south-western Nepal.
While Prakash et al. (2012) findings are encouraging, the authors caution that their estimates are imprecise (because only a few vultures along only a fewer transects were encountered) and declines may continue, but a significantly slower rate.
Vulture populations remain small and therefore remain vulnerable, but the findings of Prakash et al. (2012) are likely to be the real effect of the ban on diclofenac and initiatives to stop the use of diclofenac.
Read Prakash et al. (2012) and the associated press release.
See also our story on the population increase of vultures in Pakistan.