Cambodia launches restaurants for vultures

In bid to conserve species hit by poaching, locals place carcasses for the birds to eat.

    In a bid to save Southeast Asia's dwindling population of the birds, Cambodia has created what they call 'vulture restaurants', where specially carved carcasses are laid out for the scavengers.

    The so-called restaurants are the latest step in a programme to save the three species of the bird that have been nearly wiped out throughout Asia.

    In Cambodia the birds of prey suffer from a lack of game due to poaching and habitat destruction.

    In other parts of the continent, the scavengers are dying from widespread use of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac in farming

    The presence of just one per cent of the drug in a carcass can kill the birds, whose diet is exclusively the meat of dead animals.

    Al Jazeera's Stephanie Scawen reports from Veal Krous.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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