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The ‘Vulture Man’

The ‘Vulture Man’


Peter Mundy was born in London and first came to Africa in 1969 to take up a post as a schoolteacher in northern Nigeria. Fascinated by the hooded vulture he found there, he undertook detailed studies of this species with his friend Allan Cook.

He then moved to the University of Rhodesia to do a doctorate on the vultures of southern Africa. During that time he met up with John Ledger and together they formed the Vulture Study Group in 1973. The group has grown hugely and is now contained within the Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (Johannesburg).

EWT has been deeply involved in vulture studies and in 1983 Mundy formally joined the Trust as its first biologist under founder Clive Walker.

In 1984 Mundy returned to Zimbabwe to join the then Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management as its ornithologist. Quelea and their control was a major focus, and he was also in the Zimbabwe delegations to CITES and CMS while with Parks.

He retired in 2003 to become professor in the new Department of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, where he has spent the last ten years – and where birds and vultures are a regrettably small part of the undergraduate curriculum.

Related reading:
Wingbeats over the KAZA (Issue 16, March 2014)
Can vultures survive in KAZA? (Issue 16, March 2014)

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