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THE PAST AND PRESENT DISTRIBUTION AND STATUS OF THE CAPE VULTURE IN THE CAPE PROVINCE

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1980
Authors:Boshoff, AF, Vernon, CJ
Journal:Ostrich
Volume:51
Issue:4
Date Published:1980
ISBN Number:0030-6525
Keywords:Accipitridae, Gyps, Gyps coprotheres, Struthio, Struthio camelus, Struthionidae
Abstract:Summary Boshoff, A. F. & Vernon, C. J. 1980. The past and present distribution and status of the Cape Vulture in the Cape Province. Ostrich 51:230-250. Because of the apparent decline in range and numbers of the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres in the Cape Province, the distribution and status of this species were reviewed according to four time periods from before 1905 to the present day. All available information was assembled, assessed and interpreted. It is apparent that, although the present decline is real, the population has undergone previous fluctuations. The magnitude, nature and possible causes of the fluctuations are discussed. It is postulated that the drastic decline in the game herds, particularly during the 19th century, together with the recent changes in stock farming, are the most important factors determining the numbers and distribution of Cape Vultures. Direct and indirect persecution also have a detrimental effect on vulture populations. Farmers' attitudes towards vultures are mentioned and conservation priorities and problems are listed.Summary Boshoff, A. F. & Vernon, C. J. 1980. The past and present distribution and status of the Cape Vulture in the Cape Province. Ostrich 51:230-250. Because of the apparent decline in range and numbers of the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres in the Cape Province, the distribution and status of this species were reviewed according to four time periods from before 1905 to the present day. All available information was assembled, assessed and interpreted. It is apparent that, although the present decline is real, the population has undergone previous fluctuations. The magnitude, nature and possible causes of the fluctuations are discussed. It is postulated that the drastic decline in the game herds, particularly during the 19th century, together with the recent changes in stock farming, are the most important factors determining the numbers and distribution of Cape Vultures. Direct and indirect persecution also have a detrimental effect on vulture populations. Farmers' attitudes towards vultures are mentioned and conservation priorities and problems are listed.
URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00306525.1980.9633570
Short Title:Ostrich
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