Boise State photography expert supports vulture research in Africa

The research team will be trapping birds and attaching GPS transmitters.
The research team will be trapping birds and attaching GPS transmitters. | File photo

The manager of photographic services at Boise State University is working with the university’s vulture research team and the Idaho Bird Observatory in Mozambique to study species that are found at the Gorongosa National Park.

John Kelly is studying these five species, which include four that are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The research team will be trapping birds and attaching GPS transmitters. This information will track each subject’s movements and through this data, the team will be able to find travel patterns and identify the potential risks they face. The report states vultures are capable of travelling approximately 100 miles in a day.

The park received a $40 million restoration effort from the Carr Foundation. Through this support new rangers were hired, research facilities were built and wildlife populations were reintroduced.

The park held a large amount of wildlife until 1960. Up until the 1990s a civil conflict had taken place in the country and had also resulted in approximately 95 percent of park’s large species being killed by soldiers and professional hunters.

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