Conservation buffer sizes derived from movement data of adult Cape vultures (Gyps coprotheres) in South Africa

  • Jan A. Venter
  • Francis R. Martens
  • Kerri Wolter
Keywords: environmental impact, kernel density, vulture conservation, wind turbines

Abstract

The endangered Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is facing a new emerging threat, e.g. wind energy development. Given their vulnerability to wind energy infrastructure, there is a necessity to establish proactive measures that could potentially mitigate future collisions, such as conservation buffers around breeding colonies and roost sites. This study used 50% kernel density estimates to estimate conservation potential for conservation buffer zone sizes for colonies. Our results indicate a buffer size of ±50 km to cover the core foraging range of the species around colonies.

Keywords: environmental impact, kernel density, vulture conservation, wind turbines

Published
2019-07-04
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2224-073X
print ISSN: 1562-7020