Environment & Biodiversity

Captive breeding of Himalayan Vultures has been accomplished

Researchers have successfully recorded the first occurrence of captive breeding of the Himalayan vulture (Gyps himalayensis) in India, which is a noteworthy victory for conservation efforts.

About Himalayan Vultures
Scientific NameGyps himalayensis
Range and HabitatThe Himalayan region and adjacent areas of India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Pakistan are home to this species. Live in high-altitude mountainous areas.
Feeding HabitsScavengers that feed on carrion perform an important function in the environment by cleaning up carcasses and reducing disease spread.
Conservation StatusNear Threatened (IUCN) Schedule-IV (WPA)
Breeding BehaviorConstruct nests on cliffs and rough ledges. They are monogamous and have long-term pair relationships.
Cultural SignificanceSome Himalayan communities regard them as symbols of purification and spiritual value, and they have cultural and religious significance.

Breeding Process Specifics Date and Nestling:

  • On March 14, 2022, a Himalayan vulture nestling was successfully hatched in the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati. On March 15, the nestling was transferred to an artificial brooding facility.
  • Observations: Researchers closely examined the nestling’s housing, feeding, frequency of eating, and growth and colour.
  • Conservation Breeding Centres for Vultures: In India, four Vulture Conservation Breeding Centres (VCBC) have been created in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and West Bengal. These facilities are dedicated to the conservation of White-rumped vultures, Slender-billed vultures, and Indian vultures, all of which are listed as ‘Critically Endangered.’
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