Tamilnadu govt forms panel to conserve vultures, breeding centres to be set up

In order to provide a fillip to the vulture conservation in Tamil Nadu, the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Forest Department has issued a Government Order on October 19, constituting a 10-member State Level Vulture Conservation Committee headed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden.

The panel would set up vulture conservation breeding centres and rescue centres to cater to injured and sick vultures, besides prepare the Tamil Nadu Action Plan for Vulture Conservation (TNAPVC), according to Supriya Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Environment, Climate Change & Forests Department. Of the nine species of vultures recorded in India, four viz. oriental white-backed vulture, long-billed vulture, red-headed vulture and Egyptian vulture are found in Tamil Nadu. Slender-billed vulture, Himalayan vulture, Eurasian Griffon, Bearded vulture and Cinereous vulture are the other species found in India.