Cape Griffon Vulture ResearchCape Griffon Vulture Research

Conservation activities are at the heart of the REST commitment to the Cape Griffon Vulture.  
It is imperative to provide an uncontaminated food source to the birds we need to observe.  Two main feeding sites are currently used.  REST headquarters feeds once a week in order to monitor birds, and the Waterberg Plateau Park feeds about once a month.  Our food is donated by our neighbors, Okonjima Lodge and their associated famous wildlife project – the Africat Foundation. They need to feed cats that are in rehabilitation or non releasable and the vultures will eat many animal parts that the cats do not eat.

These feeds are vitally important for any number of research projects and conservation interests.  Trends in populations are closely monitored, and any unusually behavior is quickly noticed and thus it is possible to take immediate action.  We have had numerous undergraduate, Masters and PhD studies done.  Currently a very exciting PhD study is being done with our satellite tracking data.  REST has always been happy to donate our previous research to motivated candidates, as then the information reaches a larger audience as quickly as possible.