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A Report on Successful Rescue of Eurassion Griffon Vulture Gyps Fulvus At Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The population of Eurasian Griffon vulture is decreasing rapidly day-by-day. The main cause of mortality of Gyps fulvus is due to electrocution and habitat loss. Most of deaths due to electrocution were observed at Keru dumping site. In this area both sides have road track parallel to which there is a high voltage electricity line. Various reasons have been given for their rapid and unanticipated decline. A study was carried out on a Eurasian Griffon vulture Gyps fulvus at Arna Jarna nesting site, near dumping station, Jodhpur, Rajasthan in January, 2014. The vulture was restless, breathing heavily, and showed stressed and neck dropping symptom. It was very weak, unable to stand for long. This vulture was rescued from Arna hill and brought to rescue center at Jodhpur Zoo for necessary treatment and rehabilitation. The Gyps fulvus was dull and depressed, immediately antibiotic drug Fortivir and Malonax pain Killer were provided. After 22 days of nursing with treatment of antibiotic, water and proper food, finally the bird recovered. This vulture has been kept an exhibit in rescue center at Jodhpur Zoo. The present paper is an effort to describe study of rescue and rehabilitation of Gyps fulvus.

Author(s): Ram Prakash Saran, Hemant Joshi, and Ashok Purohit