Vultures have an important ecological role as scavengers. They eliminate harmful substances from the environment, mitigating the spread of disease that may potentially harm human health and the economy.
There is a significant likelihood that this species will become locally extinct in Israel in the near future unless effective conservation action is implemented. The main reason for this population decline is poisoning, both intentional and otherwise. However, several other threats such as accidents involving power lines and wind turbines have been identified.
Animal tracking technologies create unique opportunities for understanding animal ecology and behaviour. Equipping vultures with GPS transmitters enables us to closely monitor their movements, understand their habits, and detect when individuals are no longer moving and potentially injured to act accordingly.
Biologists are developing an alert system that analyses the location, accelerometer data and other relevant information in real time to inform conservation management on the ground.