Can Captive Breeding Rescue Vultures from Extinction?

Twenty to 30 years of captivity is the only option left to save three species of south Asian vultures from extinction, according to conservationists who are racing against time to get enough birds into safekeeping.

Over the past decade populations of the Asian white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis), long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus), and slender-billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) have declined by more than 95 percent in Pakistan, India, and Nepal.