[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Steve Bellan
University of Texas at Austin

Scavenging Vultures

Caption: Carrion produced by anthrax deaths feeds many scavengers, including jackals, hyena, vultures, marabou storks and occasionally even lions. These scavengers have evolved to be able to digest infected carrion without contracting the infection. Herbivorous animals more vulnerable to anthrax include zebra, springboks, elephants and wildebeest.

Credit: Image courtesy of Steve Bellan.

Usage Restrictions: None

Related news release: Scientists cage dead zebras in Africa to understand the spread of anthrax

[ Back to EurekAlert! ]