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Nature’s Clean-up Crew Cape Vulture

Cape Vulture

Cape Vulture

Gyps coprotheres

Family

Accipitridae

Conservation Status

Endangered

Range

Southern Africa

Habitat

Open grasslands, steppe and bush savanna

Highlights

The Cape vulture, also known as cape griffon, is one of the largest vultures with a wingspan of 7.5-8.5 feet native only to Southern Africa.

The Cape vulture, also known as cape griffon, is one of the largest vultures with a wingspan of 7.5-8.5 feet native only to Southern Africa. Like other vultures, they do not kill their prey, but rather prefer to feed on larger dead animals, such as antelope and livestock. Cape vultures are gregarious and social, living in colonies of up to 1,000 breeding pairs that tend to be monogamous. Pairs next on the ledges of high cliff faces, and parents take turns to incubate and care for the chick. Threats: Poisoning, electrocutions, and collisions with energy structures.

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