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Dr S.M. Satheesan

The vulture expert wants to set up vulture restaurants to save the birds

Dr S.M. Satheesan
Dr S.M. Satheesan
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The vulture expert wants to set up vulture restaurants to save the birds
They are feeding stations aimed at saving the ultimate scavengers on earth from extinction.

Who pioneered this idea, when and where?
The Natal Parks Board in South Africa first conceived the idea in 1966 to draw the vultures away from the cities.

Which other places have vulture restaurants?
Over 100 such restaurants exist in South Africa, Spain, Italy and France, among others.

What would the the menu be like in these restaurants?
Skinned mammal carcasses, chipped bones and clean water. Perches for resting too.

Should we have more vultures in Delhi?
No, not in big cities. But an optimum population in the countryside and forests is highly desirable.

Has their drastic dwindling-from 5,000 to less than 100-had a major impact on the city's civic life?
Decline in their numbers is perhaps good for a city, provided there is efficient disposal of carcasses.

Where will you site these restaurants without...
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