Cape Vultures

Commended Entry: "Cape Vultures" by Mitchell Kuhn from South Africa

This article was submitted in the Kids World Travel Guide Essay Competition 2020 in the Junior Category 8-11 years.

Cape Vulture - Image by Gideon Malherbe/shutterstock.comCape Vulture - Image by Gideon Malherbe

Cape Vultures

My favourite thing about my country, South Africa, is that there are so many animals that are not found anywhere else in the world.

One animal is the Cape Vulture, an endangered gigantic bird that I get to see very often because I live near a place trying to protect them. Endangered animals are animals that are in danger of going extinct because of poaching, over-hunting, and their homes are being destroyed. People are responding to this crisis by making projects that protect the animals and allow for them to breed freely.

In Oribi Gorge, there is one such project which has a vulture restaurant or place where vultures are fed and an educational project where visitors can come and see the vultures and learn more about them. The vulture restaurant was started in 2000 by a concerned farmer and only 20 Cape Vultures were recorded. Recent drone footage has shown that there are even more birds on the cliffs. The numbers have grown tremendously! It is estimated that over 200 birds live in Oribi Gorge now with about 75 new chicks a year. The vulture restaurant is set up near the nesting sites on the steep Oribi Gorge cliffs. Only one egg is laid a year. The restaurant has a large open area where the food is placed such as dead cows, pigs or horses. A pond of water is nearby for the vultures to clean themselves. A viewing hide means we can watch the vultures feeding. I have been there when a cow was left for them. It was wonderful seeing these huge birds swoop down and eat. It is very smelly though! Vultures can eat about 1kg of meat at a time and this will last them 3 days. There are other vulture restaurants in the country, and our Oribi Gorge colony is visited by vultures from other nearby colonies.

Projects like these are very important to help keep the numbers of the Cape Vultures up. Vultures are vital for our ecosystem. They clean up the environment by eating dead animals which help stop diseases like rabies and anthrax spreading.

I am so happy that people in South Africa are trying hard to protect these magnificent birds. It is a privilege to live so close to the Cape Vulture colony and see their numbers growing. 




Thank you for the lovely essay, Mitchell. Your story was a pleasure to read! We loved your detailed information about this fascinating and endangered species. Well done and keep up the great work of creating awareness for this worthy cause!

Mitchell is home schooling in South Africa.

Popular Pages

Recent Articles

  1. Pacific Ocean Facts for Kids | Geography | Pacific Ocean for Kids

    May 23, 22 05:09 AM

    Top 15 Pacific Ocean Facts for Kids with lots of fascinating and useful information on oceans - not only for children!

    Read More

  2. Finland Facts for Kids | Finland for Kids | Geography | Attractions

    May 20, 22 10:42 AM

    Our Finland Facts for kids will provide information about country and superlatives, people, geography, attractions, food and animals and so much more

    Read More

  3. India for Kids | India Facts for Kids | Geography | People | Animals

    May 12, 22 05:47 AM

    Our India for Kids page will tell you all about incredible India, the country and its people, landmarks, animals, food and so much more

    Read More

  4. Zambia Facts for Kids | Zambia Geography | Attractions | People | Food

    Apr 28, 22 08:07 AM

    Our Zambia Facts provide interesting and fun facts about this African country, its people and wildlife - not only for kids!

    Read More

  5. Russia Facts for Kids | Russia for Kids | Geography | People | Food

    Apr 12, 22 10:24 AM

    Russia Facts for Kids to learn all about Russia: Russia geography superlatives, country, people, animals, food, landmarks, economy and more

    Read More

  6. Writing Competition | Kids World Travel Guide | My Life | Essay

    Mar 01, 22 09:12 AM

    Kids World Travel Guide Writing Competition 2022. Calling all young writers aged 8 - 15! Join in and share your insights. Competition open until 1 October 2021

    Read More

  7. Ukraine for Kids | Ukraine Facts for Kids | Geography | Superlatives

    Feb 26, 22 12:55 PM

    Our Ukraine for Kids provides facts for kids and easy to read introduction to the country, the people, geography and superlatives, animals, food and economy.

    Read More

Competition 2020 Essays

Go back from Cape Vultures to Kids-World-Travel-Guide Homepage

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

More about
Christmas

Fun Facts

Continent Facts for Kids by Kids World Travel Guide
Flag Facts for Kids by Kids World Travel Guide
Ocean Facts for Kids by Kids World Travel Guide
Desert Facts - Kids World Travel Guide
Landlocked Countries - Facts for Kids - Kids World Travel Guide

Like us on Facebook

Join our annual competition