Himachal’s Conservation Success Soaring as Vultures Return to Kangra

Vulture; Photo by M. Karthikeyan

White-rumped vultures have returned to Himachal Pradesh state’s Kangra district, advertising the flying success of the state’s conservation efforts.

With nearly 95% of the white-rumped vulture population decimated, the species was once declared critically endangered. Today, around 175 sightings have been reported in Kangra.

As reported by The Indian Express’ Ashwani Sharma: 

“The state’s wildlife department claimed a major success in its 10-year long effort relating to vulture breeding and conservation programme.”

“Vulture’s decline was attributed to the use of diclofenac drug which was later banned.