“It is not an easy task, but it is so worth the effort. Everything we know is integrated. If we start to destabilize these ecosystems, there are prices to pay. We have the ability to affect change. Now all we have to do, is do it.” -Michael Mace, San Diego Zoo Global, 2018 IUCN Wildlife Reintroduction Conference
Vultures are a critical component of our ecosystems, but they are just one aspect of the integrated life web we rely on. VulPro is dedicated to reducing its negative impact on the environment.
- All bones which are not crushed and fed as calcium supplements are collected and taken off-site for processing into organic compost material.
- Solar panels produce 50-60% of our facility’s electricity.
- As part of our collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots after school programme, school children are collecting plastic materials to make EcoBricks, which we will soon test as building materials for our vulture enclosures.
- We use biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products and soaps.
- All plastics, glass, cans, and paper are saved and taken off site for recycling.
- We reduce our water use to only what is necessary for animal health. Human consumption is limited (showers, laundry, etc.).
- We limit the use of herbicides and pesticides to promote healthy and diverse wildlife communities on the premises.