“Last Bearded Vultures Seek Survival in Dragon Mountain Home”
The last bearded vultures in South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains are imperiled by unintended poisoning by farmers and traditional healers who believe that consuming parts of the birds brings luck and prosperity.
Add to those threats plans for a 42-turbine wind farm on the Lesotho side of the range whose name in Afrikaans means Dragon Mountains. Scientists say the energy project endangers a shrinking habitat for the 350 surviving vultures.
Sadly, efforts to combat global warming may also destroy habitats for endangered species.