A new restaurant is set to open in South Carolina, but the menu won't include barbecue, grits, strawberry shortcake or other southern treats. According to CBS News, the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw is setting up a buffet-style feeding area featuring different types of carrion and organic material - a diet that should attract local vultures. The "restaurant" will be open every Saturday in September, and visitors can watch the birds come to feed and learn about vulture conservation.
Vulture restaurants have been established in India and Africa to help keep the raptors from accidentally feeding on poisoned carcasses, which is a grave threat these birds face. There are 23 vulture species in the world, and more than half of them are endangered or threatened. While neither of the vultures in South Carolina - the turkey vulture and black vulture - are at risk for extinction, they do still face dangers and raising awareness about these birds can be beneficial for all of the region's wildlife.
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