flight for survival

99.9% of Asian vultures have disappeared but its unlovable reputation has kept its plight out of the public eye. Scott Mason combines his love of falconry with paragliding, inventing parahawking, where he flies with his rescued Egyptian vultures.

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

Bird is the Word Productions





Episode Information

Asian vultures are dying out at an alarming rate. In the last decade, 99.9% of the population has disappeared, making them more endangered than the Polar Bear – but its unlovable reputation has kept its plight out of the public eye. Now, one man has made it his life's mission to bring the vulture's imminent extinction to the world's attention. Scott Mason realised that to compete for publicity in a world where sensation is king he needed to do something very different. He hit upon the idea of combining his lifelong love of falconry with the extreme sport of paragliding and thus invented parahawking - flying with his rescued and rehabilitated Egyptian vultures, interacting with the birds in their own environment. Flight for Survival documents Scott's struggle to raise awareness of the Vulture's plight by undertaking his greatest challenge to date – a 10,000ft climb in the Himalayan Mountains to attempt the highest, longest, most challenging parahawking flight ever.

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