October 6, 2021
Critically endangered White-headed Vulture in Mole National Park, Ghana
IBCP’s Sandra Goded will make a presentation at the upcoming Raptor Research Foundation virtual conference entitled, “Abundance, distribution and breeding ecology of critically endangered vultures in Mole National Park, Ghana.” Sandra’s talk will focus on three species of critically endangered vultures: the Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus), White-headed Vultures (Trigonoceps occipitalis) and African White-backed Vultures (Gyps africanus) in Ghana. She will present results from field studies in and around Mole National Park in northern Ghana, including findings of 11 active nests of Hooded and White-backed Vultures, in 2019 and 2020.
To our knowledge, these findings represent the first systematic assessment of vulture population abundance and breeding habitat in Ghana, and the first confirmed breeding locations for Hooded Vultures and African White-backed Vultures in the region. Sandra will conclude by presenting collaborative vulture conservation initiatives underway with staff and researchers in Mole National Park, one of the few wildlife protected areas in this region, which has crucial importance for critically endangered vultures and other wildlife. Her talk will take place on Monday, October 11th, at 1:45 pm MDT.
Critically endangered African White-backed Vultures in Mole National Park, Ghana