Richard Porter has trained local tourist guides in the past and this training was an update on the current state of Socotri birds. Richard was visiting Socotra as a consultant of a Japanese film crew making a documentary about Socotri biodiversity and kindly agreed to spare some time for the training.
New trainings for Socotri tourist guides are very much needed since numbers of tourists have been rising and some of the local men currently providing guiding services have never undergone any training in tourism and biodiversity.
The highest concentration of the endangered Egyptian Vulture can be found on Socotra. Worldwide, populations of this species are decreasing and it is listed in the IUCN Red List.