Photo Credit: Devki Nanda

SOS Grantee Ananya Mukherjee on BBC World

11.02.2014

SOS grantee, Ananya Mukherjee, SAVE project coordinator features in BBC World's Power of Nature series. Ananya has shared her blog post to explain how the opportunity came about to raise the profile of Indian vultures - Earth's garbage disposal unit par excellence! 

Vultures are often thought of as ugly scavengers, hanging around for scraps, but the time has come to rub out this unattractive notion and start appreciating their role as nature’s most-efficient cleaners.

The first ever captive bred Long-billed Vulture chicks (Gyps indicus)
Credits : Chris Bowden/RSPB

BBC World’s Power of Nature series is a 10 part series of individual four minute films, focusing on a diverse range of the Earth’s most spectacular places and uncovering the profound impact individual animals have on them.

In this episode, Vultures – Earth’s Clean Up Crew, we see how the dramatic decline of Asia’s vultures has impacted the eco-system. This opportunity came about when John Capener, the director of the Power of Nature series, approached the RSPB to find out more about the Vulture Recovery Programme in India, which has been ongoing for more than a decade in South Asia.

I got an opportunity to speak on film about vultures in October when a team from the documentary visited me at the RSPB’s headquarters in Bedfordshire. I was able to give a clear account of what it means to save these precious birds from extinction and why it is important to showcase them as nature’s powerful incinerators.

As the Vulture Safe Zone Co-ordinator for Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction and an SOS grantee, it’s been a privilege to be able to speak up for these graceful birds of prey.The programme will be broadcast around the world (but not in the UK, unfortunately) on Tuesday, 11th of February 2014.

For more information on the Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction and to donate to the project, please visit save-vultures.org We would also like to thank SOS (Save Our Species) for funding the Vulture Safe Zone work in India which has enabled RSPB to progress Vulture Safe Zone work within the subcontinent.

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