Tamil Nadu forms panel for vulture conservation
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The Tamil Nadu government has set up a state-level committee for conservation vultures on 19 October, 2022.
The 10-member committee will be headed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden.
The members include representatives of NGOs.
The committee's tenure is two years, and it will take steps to create safe zones for conservation, monitoring and mapping of vulture populations across the state, and existing vulture sites.
This committee will work to eliminate the use of toxic veterinary drugs, the main cause of death of vultures.
Four species of vultures in Tamil Nadu
Four species of vultures are found in Tamil Nadu -
1. White-tailed Vulture (Gyps bengalensis),
2. Long-billed Vulture (Gyps indicus),
3. Asian king vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) and
4. Egyptian Vulture (Neophron perknopterus)
Vultures are carcass eaters and play an important role in natural mechanisms of infection control.
It keeps the ecosystem clean and healthy.
There are 9 species of vultures found in India.
Most of these 9 species are in danger of extinction.
Bearded, long-billed, slender-billed, white-backed vultures are protected in Schedule-I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
The rest are protected under 'Schedule IV'.
According to the IUCN Red List, out of 9 species of vultures in India, 4 species are critically endangered, 1 species is endangered, 3 are threatened and 1 is least threatened.
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