Jacob Graham-Savoie

P1020901Jacob worked with us for the conservation of Indian vultures in general and more specifically the critically endangered White-rumped vulture, during three months. Their big decline is due to the use of an anti-inflammatory drug, Diclofenac, which is given to the cattle when sick. The problem with this drug is that when it is ingested by the vultures, it makes them die in few days. And only one carcass is enough to eradicate a whole colony.

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While he was here, Jacob stayed at Ringora’s homestay. It was an ideal place to work since there is a colony of White-rumped vultures in three trees, located at about 50m from the homestay. Every morning, Jacob did an early monitoring of the vultures sitting in the trees and nests, recording the number of juveniles and adults present. He also recorded the take-off times, the landing times and every time he would see a vulture flying in the sky. He also went to Tumeria Khatta inhabited by Van Gujjars tribes who are traditionally herdsmen, where another colony of vulture has been identified. He regularly monitored the feeding site of Hathi Dagar, where carcasses are regularly dumped and vultures come to feed.

Jacob is from Montreal (Canada) but lives nowadays in the south of France. He has been passionate by raptors and wolves since he was five and always wanted to act for their protection. He did a five weeks internship in a falconry park, in France, which made him work closely with birds of prey. Jacob also loves mountains, trekking and wildlife. He did graduation in sciences and is currently following a two years course (a High National Diploma) in “Management and Protection of Nature” at the University Legta des Barres (France).

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Jacob ended up with very good data regarding vulture population of the area but also good ideas regarding their conservation, like for example opening a vulture restaurant, where carcasses would be left for the vultures.His internship in India was an exceptional experience and he will never forget it. This trip was also a chance for him to work concretely with birds of prey, and it also gave him an idea on his future job.  After this course he would like to continue his studies in mountains areas, more precisely to work for the conservation of raptors and/or wolves in the French Alps.



One Response to “Jacob Graham-Savoie”

  1. Jacob graham Savoie says:

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