As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem — so why all the bad press? Why are so many in danger of extinction? At this TED talk in Nairobi, Kenya raptor biologist Dr. Munir Virani says we need to pay more attention to these unique and misunderstood creatures, to change our perception and save the vultures.
A native Nairobian, Virani’s young passion may have been cricket, but it was during his tournament prize trips to game reserves that he found his true calling: wildlife. Specifically, the kind of wildlife people are disgusted by. More specifically, birds of prey.
Munir earned a college degree in zoology and began working as a raptor biologist at the Peregrine Fund, devoted to the conservation of birds of prey worldwide, where he later became the Director of the Africa Program.