Only 1,000 slender-billed vulture estimated to remain in the wild

Two endangered species of vulture have been bred successfully in captivity at a conservation centre in Assam, officials said on Sunday.

A nestling each of the white-backed and the slender-billed species have hatched at the centre, located 40 km from here at Rani, State Principal Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Suresh Chand said.

Healthy nestlings

Born more than four months ago, the nestlings are healthy now.

Mr. Chand said the slender-billed vulture is now mainly confined to the State and has nearly disappeared from most of its distribution range in India — from Himachal Pradesh to Assam.