The Vulture trust rescue program is different than most rescues in that the program is designed to help us create a way that the vultures can rescue people!
What does this mean? It means that if successful, we will use the natural ability of the new world vultures to actually help find people who are lost in both cities and in wilderness. Unlike a dog’s, vulture’s sense of smell is not fooled by cover scents. Additionally, new world vultures have scent abilities far beyond those of any bloodhound.
Imagine the fear of a lost child in either an urban of rural area! Then imagine making a call and a trained vulture and handler come to the child’s home, get the scent of the child, and then the vulture flies off, and with GPS technology, people follow the vulture straight to the child. Landscape would not stop the vulture , nor would fences, cliffs, ice or snow, or any other of the blockades that slow rescue dogs.!
It sounds like a dream come true, but it is a long way from happening. The first problem is that all animals have personalities like people, and dogs. This program has to be done in this area where we can work with a large number of vultures and create a baseline of training. In the past, programs in Germany and the UK have failed because they exported vultures and used a small number of them. Our plan it to gain the trust of wild vultures, and create a personality and behavior guideline to find the ones more likely to be able to work with people.
To do this will take several years, and will require getting the vultures to come and deal with people and get comfortable around them. We are currently working with about a dozen wild vultures, and have been working towards getting licenses for several captive vultures. The idea came from The American Wildlife Refuge’s Snoopy, the black vulture. Snoopy is very human compatible, and can even be asked to stand still to have leashes put on his feet, though he dislikes having them on. Snoopy is our Ambassador for the VTRP.
What we need: To do this we will need enough money to pay for food for the wild vultures to get them to come to us and get used to us so we can work with them. Just as every dog is not workable for a rescue program, not every vulture will be. We need to be able to attract and keep these magnificent birds interested and that will likely take quite a while. Snoopy was violently opposed to working with people for the first 18 months of his captivity. We expect it to take that long for the other wild vultures to become trusting to the humans they recognize as well. Money for feeding the wild vultures is what we are asking for. If we can get at least $40 per day, we can likely get a baseline of 50- 100 vultures to come each day. The food cost for this, approximately $40 each day for 2 years ($29,200). That set our goal for $30,000
Understand THIS IS NOT ABOUT DOMESTICATING OR RESCUING VULTURES, IT IS ABOUT WORKING WITH THEM TO CREATE AN INNOVATIVE NEW PROGRAM TO RESCUE LOST PEOPLE IN THE WOODS AND IN CITIES! It is about working with wildlife to create a new innovative rescue program for mankind!