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Big Five: White-Backed Vulture. by CrazyAsian1 Big Five: White-Backed Vulture. by CrazyAsian1
White-backed Vulture - Gyps Africanus

Vultures patrol protection zones providing aerial recon and basic first aid capabilities. Their main job is to locate recently poached animals and mark them for investigation. If anti-poaching units are in the area the Vulture can land near the corpse of the animal and protect the body from consumption by other animals. Compartments in the wings and the chest area house basic first aid supplies to aid in field operations. These include bandages, tourniquets, antivenom, antiseptics, resuscitators, field rations, and water among other things. Another function is to transport DNA samples of poached animals quickly and efficiently for analysis to help keep records up to date about the remaining animal populations.Vultures also serve as locators for tagged ivory and rhino horn. By locating signals from planted GPS units Vultures can help anti-poaching units and law enforcement locate the contraband and hopefully the poachers as well.

Overall the Vulture units serve as aerial watchdogs as well as CSI. Though they are non-combatant's their auxiliary functions aid greatly in field operations.

Kinda sucks that the first real Rhino I've painted is also dead. Not fun at all looking up reference for poached Rhinos.
I'm not done with Big Five. There will be more! Stay tuned for more progress on other designs and illustrations.

Btw I'm fundraising for the IAPF. If you're interested in helping out go here:…
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windfalcon Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
This is SO COOL. I love the concept of a vulture that combats poaching by helping law-enforcement find and investigate.  It's sad that this is such a problem, and I think equally sad that vulture populations are suffering in real life because of poachers who kill them to prevent them from drawing attention to them and their poached kill :(
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doez it fly by flapping or by some other means?
pheonix-conure Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This extremely badass...I'm a huge fan of vultures and this is just insanely epic. Awesome job, to say the least! :love:
ElZahir1989 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Very well done :3
shininglife88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Nice, very original
sioSIN Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is such a badass idea.
Umbralwalker Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
This is amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
MisterEmm Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
My favorite one of these designs by far! And it's not even a battle-type. Simply incredible!
rafaelzrt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Nice concept. Amazing work on this project.
lutrasilvereye Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the idea and the creation (of all of these!) :D
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