Flying with Vultures – Path into the Future

Two Paragliders have a life changing experience when they fly with the threatened Cape Vulture and discover the wealth of knowledge and freedom that these birds can pass on the the human race…


Cape Vulture is on the verge of extinction. At present, only 2900 breeding pairs remain and that number is dwindling rapidly, due in part to widescale urbanisation, poisoning, and the controversial Muti trade.

Path into the Future offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of conservationist Kerri Wolters, and the work that she is doing to help protect these often misunderstood birds and the vital role they play in our ecosystem.

Taking a unique opportunity to paraglide, Kerri goes beyond the confines of the vulture enclosure and gains a perspective of life through the eyes and wings of the birds. Gliding with these misunderstood creatures Kerri’s eyes are further opened to the amount of beauty and wonder the modern world misses out on, she invites us as individuals to experience nature and thus gain an understanding of why this planet so deserves our protection.

Website: The Vulture Conservation program
Website: Caretakers Series
Website: Green Renaissance


This clip is the end part of the film that was produced by Green Renaissance as part of the Caretakers Series for SANBI and STEPS with funding from the National Lottery, and was selected for screening at The Encounters Film Festival in 2010.


Kerri, somewhat of a “vulture whisperer” is a determined presence in the conservation world. Her ability to connect with and handle these birds as well as, to conduct wild captures, puts her among the very few who recognize and advocate the vital role vultures play within society. She is the founder of The Vulture Conservation program which works to conserve and bring attention to the plight of the Cape Vulture who faces near extinction.

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