Man-made Cliffs and Breeding Enclosures

VulPro's Cape Vulture Breeding Enclosure and Breeding Cliff
VulPro’s Cape Vulture Breeding Enclosure and Breeding Cliff just after it was built

We all know that a good method of helping to save endangered species is to breed in captivity for release into the wild.

VulPro started their captive breeding programme with their Cape Vulture breeding enclosure and man-made breeding cliff.

The Man-made Breeding Cliff at VulPro
The Man-made Breeding Cliff at VulPro

Cape Vultures only breed on cliffs that are

  • South facing
  • Wide enough and long enough for both parents to fit on

To make their breeding cliff, VulPro had to bring in special steel supports and lots of concrete and wire.  The cliff itself is very heavy and had to have huge steel supports as the skeleton so that it would be strong and safe when the vultures are living on it.

A Cape Vulture Parent and Chick on one of the nesting ledges
A Cape Vulture Parent and Chick on one of the nesting ledges

Ledges were designed so that breeding pairs each have their own section in which to nest.  Nesting material is provided for them to build their nests with.

Read our next Vulture Story – Nests, Eggs and Incubation to learn more

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