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Vultures: The acid-puking, plague-busting heroes of the ecosystem - Kenny Coogan

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In the African grasslands, a gazelle suffering from tuberculosis takes its last breath. The animal's corpse threatens to infect the water, but for the vulture, this isn't a problem: it's a feast. With a stomach of steel that can digest diseased meat and waste, vultures are essential to removing dangerous pathogens from ecosystems. Kenny Coogan explores the importance of the desert's cleanup crew.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Kenny Coogan
  • Director Katarina Jukić
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Katarina Jukić
  • Animator Katarina Jukić
  • Art Director Katarina Jukić
  • Sound Designer Weston Fonger
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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