There are a total of 22 species of vultures. 7 are from the new world and 15 of them are from the old world. These old world vultures belong to the Accipitridae family which include other birds such as hawks, buzzards, and eagles.
Many of the old world species of vultures are dying off and are endangered or becoming close to extinct. The majority of these deaths in Africa are due to poisoning. Ivory poachers poison the animal meat with the intention of killing the vultures. Vultures circling a kill will alert the authorities and often get poachers caught. They hope that if they are able to kill them off, they will be less likely to be caught by game wardens.