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Adopt a Hero - Vulture


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Let’s introduce you to our Lappet-faced Vulture, who is classified as endangered. They are the largest of all African vultures by their wingspan and beak size, which they use to tear open carcasses so other vultures can get to the softer meat, and the only one in Africa with a completely naked head.
Her other common names are the Nubian Vulture or Swart Aasvoel in Afrikaans. They occur throughout most of Africa and has a subspecies which can be found in the Sinai and Negev desert as well North-West Saudi Arabia. Currently, they have small rapidly declining populations are left with approximately only 5700 Mature individuals left owing primarily to poisoning, persecutions and ecosystem altercations.
The species are primarily scavengers feeding on large carcasses, but are also known to hunt catching small reptiles, fishes, Insects, birds and mammals.
*Poisoning Drugs such as Strychnine and Carbofuran which are used to control pest animals have played a very big role in the decline of this species.
*They are often persecuted mistakenly as livestock predators. One deliberate poisoning occurred in Namibia where 86 Lappet faced vultures were killed.

  • Disturbances of nesting sites
  • Nesting predation by human
  • Poaching for traditional medicine uses.
    Diclofenac which is fatal to any Gyps species also has played a big role in their decline.

One of the nine different vultures recorded in Southern Africa. Its conservation status is classified as “Endangered”. What makes this species to important is that it is endemic to this region and is found nowhere else in the world. Some call them ugly. Their bald heads and long necks help to keep them clean while feeding from right inside the carcass. Males and females look a like and their sex can only be effectively identified via DNA testing.
Cape Vultures are the only vultures in Southern Africa that live together in large colonies on cliff-face ledges. Competition is always fierce at the carcass and a feeding frenzy often ensues. As nature’s “clean-up crew” vultures have an important ecological role to play. A group of gobbling, squabbling vultures can strip a dead impala in a few minutes. This helps prevent the spread of disease and parasite build up.

Cliff is the smallest of our vulture family, shares his enclosure with an endangered Lappet-faced Vulture and two beautiful female Cape Vultures.
The African white-backed Vultures are the most widespread and common vulture across Africa. That being said, their population has to date, declined by 90% in West Africa, and should current levels of exploitation continue they can become locally extinct by 2034 … or even sooner. Their rate of decline is as high due to them being the most popular species of vulture used in traditional medicine practices.

R 500 of this adoption fee will be donated to Vulpro, a non-profit organisation doing amazing work for the vulture species.

As a proud conservation and education facility we receive no government funding, which is an enormous challenge with the overheads that we face. People seldom comprehend with the massive costs that we face on a daily basis. Our facility is owned by a family, and receives no government financial aid/funding as a zoological premises. Every day we are faced with exorbitant running costs of maintenance, water, electricity, etc… in addition our primary focus is to ensure that all the animals receive the highest standard medical attention and a calculated varied diet (species-specific) good enough for any human to eat. Our standards are exceptionally high and it all comes at a cost, as do the many hours of labor put in by our over 100 dedicated and animal-loving staff. Some months are good for us… but unfortunately some months are not as kind, however, we continue to work hard to provide the best for our animals and our tourists.

We receive very few sponsorship’s and donations in general, but are always grateful for the help that we do receive. We have built our own on-site Animal Care Centre (hospital) which is of massive assistance to us, and the animals.


ProviderCango Wildlife Ranch
DurationOpen Ended
WhenYou can adopt throughout the year.
WhereWe are based in the Klein Karoo town Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Before you exit town on the R 328 in the direction of the Cango Caves, you'll find us nestled next to the Grobbellaars River on your left.
WeatherNot Applicable
What to Wear.Not Applicable
Things to BringNot Applicable
Guests or Spectators.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


ADOPTER BENEFITS: Photo ID Membership Card Adoption Certificate, 6 Free encounter of choice, Discounted rates on other encounters, Acknowledgement plaque in our foyer, Free entrance for a full year, Your accompanying guests receive discounted entrance rates, Quarterly progress reports and photos of your adopted animal, Quarterly Cheetah Chatter, 10% discount at selected retail outlets, 10% discount on meals.
Terms & Conditions Apply

ExclusionsThis is only an adoption. Please note the animal will not leave Cango Wildlife Ranch with the adopter.


The Cheetah Preservation Foundation (CPF) was founded in 1988, with the principal aim of ensuring the survival of the cheetah and other endangered species, as well as educating our visitors about the plight of these animals.

This might be a little confusing at first, but just follow the prompts to successfully contribute.

2. Choose ANY date & time and BOOK
3. To add adoption, just add to basket / up the amount of adults
4. Pick your amount and proceed to payment

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