Genus & Species: Gyps africanus
Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Found from Senegal, Gambia and Mali in the west, throughout the Sahel region to Ethiopia and Somalia in the east; throughout East Africa from Ethiopia south to Mozambique; and in parts of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Angola.
Open wooded savannah, particularly areas with Acacia. White-backed vultures are usually found in areas with game animals and livestock. They can be found at elevations up to 10,000 feet. Tall trees are required for nesting.
White-backed vultures are scavengers that feed on the soft muscle, organ tissue, and bone fragments of large animal carcasses.