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Research Article

Removing the Threat of Diclofenac to Critically Endangered Asian Vultures

  • Gerry Swan,

    Affiliation: Department of Paraclinical Sciences, and Biomedical Research Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa

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  • Vinasan Naidoo,

    Affiliation: Department of Paraclinical Sciences, and Biomedical Research Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa

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  • Richard Cuthbert,

    Affiliation: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

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  • Rhys E Green mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: reg29@hermes.cam.ac.uk

    Affiliations: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Conservation Biology Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Deborah J Pain,

    Affiliation: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

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  • Devendra Swarup,

    Affiliation: Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Vibhu Prakash,

    Affiliation: Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India

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  • Mark Taggart,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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  • Lizette Bekker,

    Affiliation: Department of Paraclinical Sciences, and Biomedical Research Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa

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  • Devojit Das,

    Affiliation: Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India

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  • Jörg Diekmann,

    Affiliation: Rare and Endangered Species Trust, Otjiwarongo, Namibia

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  • Maria Diekmann,

    Affiliation: Rare and Endangered Species Trust, Otjiwarongo, Namibia

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  • Elmarié Killian,

    Affiliation: Department of Paraclinical Sciences, and Biomedical Research Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa

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  • Andy Meharg,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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  • Ramesh Chandra Patra,

    Affiliation: Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Mohini Saini,

    Affiliation: Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Kerri Wolter

    Affiliation: Vulture Unit, DeWildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust, Hartbeespoort, South Africa

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  • Published: January 31, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040066

About the Authors

Gerry Swan, Vinasan Naidoo, Lizette Bekker, Elmarié Killian
Department of Paraclinical Sciences, and Biomedical Research Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa
Richard Cuthbert, Rhys E Green, Deborah J Pain
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Rhys E Green
Conservation Biology Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Devendra Swarup, Ramesh Chandra Patra, Mohini Saini
Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
Vibhu Prakash, Devojit Das
Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
Mark Taggart, Andy Meharg
School of Biological Sciences, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Jörg Diekmann, Maria Diekmann
Rare and Endangered Species Trust, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Kerri Wolter
Vulture Unit, DeWildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust, Hartbeespoort, South Africa

Corresponding Author

Email: reg29@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

GS, VN, RC, REG, DJP, and DS conceived and designed the experiments. GS, VN, RC, DS, VP, DD, JD, MD, EK, RCP, MS, and KW performed the experiments. VN, RC, REG, MT, LB, and AM analysed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools. GS, RC, REG, and DJP wrote the paper.