This is a blog about vultures in Djibouti. Please feel free to comment. You can click on the images and they will open up larger in a new window and be easier to see. Also, you can translate the text by using the translate gadget on the right side of this blog.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


As the previous blog posts have stated, Assamo has spent most of the last month and a half around the Ethiopian town of Adigala.  Here is what Houssein Rayaleh of Djibouti Nature (a conservation NGO) has to say about Adigala:

Adigala is an underveloped large-sized village in eastern Ethiopia close to the border of Djibouti and Somalia; it has no industry. In common with many other important human settlements in the Somali region of Ethiopia, Adigala has no formal waste management system 

Ethnically Adigala’s population and that of the surrounding area is Somali, and are mainly pastoralists who use an open range rearing livestock system.  The lack of a waste management system coupled with the pastoral way of life of the inhabitants means that Adigala  produces large amounts of waste, including waste from its abattoir.

As with many areas in the Somali region of Ethiopia, the area around Adigala is underexplored, though recently petroleum reserves have been proven and prospecting for other mining resources occurs.

The recently constructed electricity transmission line that connects Ethiopia with Djibouti crosses Adigala. Pylons from the source of power to destinations in Djibouti are often used as perch sites for raptors, including Egyptian vultures.  Near villages like Adigala the use of pylons as perches by Egyptian vultures is particularly common.  The pylon design is similar to that found in Djibouti.  Large transmission pylons probably pose little threat of electrocution, but smaller power lines in and around settlements are likely to be more dangerous.

Satellite image of Adigala. Click on the image to enlarge or use the search function in Google Earth to explore more closely.

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