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Old World Vulture Conservation | Autumn Lecture Series

September 09, 2017

5:30 PM

Location:
Visitor Center Gallery

Vultures are now listed as one of the most threatened groups of birds in the world according to IUCN. How can a group of birds that were very numerous have been brought so low in such a short space of time, and why. What is being done to save such an important group of birds from further declines and potential extinction?

Jemima Parry-Jones MBE was born in England in 1949, she was brought up with birds of prey from the cradle (literally!). In 1967 her father started the first specialist collection of birds of prey in the UK, The Falconry Centre, that Centre now the International Centre for Birds of Prey reaches its 50th year in 2017. It leads the world in the number of raptor species bred in captivity, educates thousands of people every year, works in the rehabilitation field, uses the birds for non-invasive and useful research and shares its knowledge worldwide all under her direction.

Jemima has written seven books, co-authored various scientific papers and assisted in the research for many more. The most recent study she and the Centre has worked on with Swansea University is the use of data loggers on birds, and the acceptable weights that birds can carry without compromising their chances of survival in the wild. She has been working on vulture conservation in India and Nepal since 2000. She has an MBE from the queen for services to bird conservation.

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