Vultures: The Acid-Puking, Plague-Busting Heroes of the Ecosystem
Vultures: The Acid-Puking, Plague-Busting Heroes of the Ecosystem
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Explore the essential role vultures play in cleaning our ecosystems and why their conservation is key to a healthy planet.

In the African grasslands, a gazelle suffering from tuberculosis takes its last breath. The animal’s corpse threatens to infect the water, but for the vulture, this isn’t a problem: it’s a feast. With a stomach of steel that can digest diseased meat and waste, vultures are essential to removing dangerous pathogens from ecosystems. Kenny Coogan explores the importance of the desert’s cleanup crew.

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