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Poachers Poison Scores of Vultures For Use in Traditional Drugs

Vultures in South Africa. 

Vultures in South Africa. 

Photographer: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

More than 100 vultures died after feeding on the carcass of a buffalo that had been intentionally poisoned to bait the critically endangered birds in South Africa’s Kruger National Park this month.

The deaths bring the number of the birds killed in the Greater Kruger area in the country’s northeast to about 600 since January 2019, according to Endangered Wildlife Trust, a conservation body working in southern and eastern Africa.