Lappet-faced vultures are also known as Nubian vultures. They are found in many parts of Africa and prefer dry savannah, plains, and deserts. They are huge with a wingspan of 8.2 to 9.5 feet!
They are endangered due to habitat destruction and poisoning.
Vultures are an important part of the ecosystem. They clean up dead carcasses and help prevent disease from spreading.
I read this article a few years in National Geographic magazine. Before I read it, I didn’t realize how important vultures are! You can read the article on their website here: Vultures Are Revolting. Here’s Why We Need to Save Them.
Here’s a picture I took at the Atlanta Zoo. It looks like he’s wearing a coat!