Enclosure status
IUCN status
Critically Endangered
Scientific name
Gyps rueppelli
West to East Africa
Steep cliff faces

What do Ruppell’s griffon vultures look like?

 It is a large vulture, recognised by it general plumage of mottled brown and white markings on underbelly. On their head and neck they have white fluff.

Ruppell’s griffon vulture facts

  • Looking for carrion, this vulture is a very high-flyer and holds the record for the greatest flying height recorded for any bird.
  • One collided with an airplane flying at an altitude of 37000 feet.

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Ruppell's griffon vulture close up
Ruppell's griffon Vulture close-up

What do Ruppell’s griffon vulture eat? 

Carrion (animal carcasses), keeping the African countryside clear of carcasses and free from disease.

 Ruppell’s griffon vulture threats

Habitat loss, hunting for trade, persecution and poisoning.

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