128 Vultures Recorded during June 17 Census

A total of 128 vultures have been counted in four natural protection areas, H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment, quoted the result of the vulture census of June 17, 2022 as saying recently.

Most of the recorded vultures, 80, were found in Siem Pang Wildlife Sanctuary in Stung Treng province, 15 in Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province, 24 in Sambo Wildlife Sanctuary in Kratié, and 9 in Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province.

Cambodia Vulture Working Group (CVWG) will carry out two more vulture counts, in coming September and December, before concluding that the number of vultures in 2022 increases or remains the same compared to 2021, added H.E. Secretary of State.

Based on the June 17 census, it is estimated that there would be between 128 and 134 vultures in Cambodia in 2022.

Last year, he recalled, 121 vultures were counted at vulture restaurants in the four wildlife sanctuaries.

The CVWG conducts each year national vulture censuses to monitor the population trend and improve conservation actions.

CVWG is comprised of members of Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, BirdLife, WWF, ACCB, WCS, NatureLife, Rising Phoenix, CBGA, SVC, and CBC.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press