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Survival problems for vultures prone to collision

Two of southern Africa's threatened vulture species are on a collision course with a controversial wind far ming project in Lesotho that threatens to wipe them out.

PowerNET Developments is planning to build the Letšeng wind farm on the north-eastern escarpment of the Drakensberg in Lesotho largely to increase power generation and distribution in the small mountain kingdom.

But bird experts are worried that the proposed wind farm is located within critical habitat for the globally significant populations of the already-declining Bearded Vulture and Cape Vulture populations, which are “collision-prone” birds.

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