Species: Cape Vulture
GPS device: PTT-GPS, patagial/wing mount
This young Cape Vulture came to VulPro’s Eastern Cape rehabilitator, Kate Webster in January 2015. Yet another victim of power line-related injuries, suspected to be a male, he was fondly called Sir Adelaide after the region where he was found. After rehabilitation, Kate released him in Adelaide on the 14th March 2015. After release Sir Adelaide’s GPS device recorded some nice ranging and foraging behaviors, his tracking has highlighted for us why our tagging and monitoring is so important. He flew north and introduced us to a few roosting sites previously unknown to VulPro, flew through Lesotho twice (never staying more than 2 days), then foraged in the Free State Province and into Kwa-Zulu Natal Province.
Unfortunately his GPS device stopped transmitting data in early July 2015, it appeared as if his device stopped working as he perched on / near transmission power-line structures, leaving us to fear the worst. We sent teams out to search for his remains or best case, to rescue an injured Sir Adelaide – in spite of all of our efforts we had no luck finding him and were convinced that we had lost him.
Miraculously and to our relief, he was re-sighted at Mockford vulture restaurant in Limpopo Province on the 10th of July 2016 with his GPS unit still intact!