Cape vultures, like this one flying over its native grounds in Gauteng, South Africa, are listed as a vulnerable species. This means they are not quite endangered, but still face threats such as habitat loss, poisoning, and electrocution.

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On September 5, 2009, the world recognized the first International Vulture Awareness Day, which is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in September to highlight the ecological importance of vultures and their conservation.