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Nagpur to have state sponsored vulture restaurant

Maharashtra state government has sanctioned funds to setup vulture restaurant at Nagpur and four other districts – Thane, Nashik, Raigad and Gadchiroli. This move will ensure a check on the declining population of vultures in Maharashtra state.

“Vulture Restaurant” is a place to provide safe food for highly endangered vultures.


Maharashtra state government has sanctioned funds to setup vulture restaurant at Nagpur and four other districts – Thane, Nashik, Raigad and Gadchiroli. This move will ensure a check on the declining population of vultures in Maharashtra state.

“Vulture Restaurant” is a place to provide safe food for highly endangered vultures.

There were about 40 million vultures in early Eighties in India , but a survey conducted by Bombay Natural History Society in 2007 revealed that there remained nearly 11,000 white-backed vultures, 1000 slender-billed vultures and 44,000 long-billed vultures in the country. Among the nine species of vultures available in India, the white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures are recognized as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

SK Khetarpal, principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) for wildlife informed “We have chalked out a plan to conserve not only vultures but turtles too,”

Khetarpal said the plan includes wide publicity, monitoring and habitat survey. As food shortage is one of the reasons for vultures’ decline, these scavengers will be fed by serving carcasses of cattle through restaurants.

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