King Vulture Sarcoramphus papa
Version: 1.0 — Published December 19, 2014
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Demography and Populations
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Population estimates predict that there are less than 50,000 King Vultures, but one study suggests that there are 1,000 – 10,000 individuals (Ferguson-Lees and Christie 2001). Experts predict that anywhere between 670 – 6700 mature individuals remain in the wild, and populations are considered to be declining (BirdLife International 2014). A King Vulture has been known to live up to 30 years in captivity, but life spans and survivorship rates in the wild are unknown (Houston 1994).