Vultures in Peru are Warning Residents of the Impact of Their Garbage
A group of vultures are trying to turn the tide against pollution in Lima, Peru. You read that right. VULTURES, with the help of human researchers from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, are helping Peruvians fight back against piles of garbage around the capital city.
The trash problem is so bad in Lima, that there is garbage literally piled up on the beaches.
So researchers with the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos have created a program called Gallinazo Avisa (Vultures Alert) to bring attention to major areas of pollution and garbage in the city of Lima.
The researchers were studying the flight patterns of the birds since July.
Eventually, someone had the idea to use the birds to alert Lima of their garbage problem.
Armed with a GPS tracker and a GoPro camera, each vulture is collecting real-life data on garbage problem in Peru.
Researchers are hoping that by collecting this data they can essentially shame people into cleaning up their garbage in the name of national health.
Why use vultures for this project? Simple: Vultures eat garbage and decaying animals.
This means that the vultures are picking up information on where the trash is being piled just by searching for their food. Mutually beneficial.
Don’t worry. Every vulture has gone through rigorous health examinations and are fit for duty.
After being screened medically, the vultures are fitted with their equipment and released into the wild to start gathering information about garbage around the city.
Gallinazo Avisa has a full interactive map on their site that monitors the vultures in real time.
People can track the vultures flying and stopping to eat from collecting garbage they find throughout the capital city.
Watch the full promo below and get ready to be inspired…by vultures!
Credit: Gallinazo Avisa / YouTube
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