Conservationist groups call for vulture conservation in Cambodia as rare birds facing extinction

Phnom Penh – Conservationist groups on Saturday called for joint efforts to conserve vultures in Cambodia as the rare birds are currently on the edge of extinction due to poisoning, food shortages and habitat loss, according to a joint press release.

The groups including the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), the BirdLife International and Cambodia Vulture Working Group made the calls as the International Vulture Awareness Day was marked.

They said the conservation of vultures could help reduce the spread of disease because they eat only the flesh of other dead animals and also generate income for local communities through ecotourism.

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