Conservation of Asian Sheep Species Depends on Support from International Hunters

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2013

Washington, DC – During a presentation at the 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP16) of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), the nations in attendance were educated about the incredible conservation programs being funded by international hunter-conservationist organizations like Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation).

“Too frequently the small, yet significant, victories for wildlife conservation are ignored on the international stage,” said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer. “We have built a model conservation success story, beginning with identifying a conservation need, establishing the necessary on-the-ground research, creating the funding mechanisms via sustainable use hunting, and resulting in a successful range-wide strategy for Argali sheep.”

A representative from the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) participating at the COP16 reported that sport hunting of argali was an important element in argali conservation.  SCIF is directly funding multiple scientific field studies that support argali conservation.  The SCI Foundation research on Argali will be incorporated into the range-wide conservation plan is currently being prepared by the CMS.

“SCI Foundation believes the successful models of funding and sustainable use through hunting is critical in establishing partnerships that improve conservation of species for the next generation,” concluded Hosmer.

Here are the Argali conservation projects that have been funded by SCI Foundation:

2010: Mongolia & Russia = $36,500

2010: Pakistan = $3,500

2010: Tajikistan = $51,850

2011: Pakistan = $45,000

2011: Tajikistan = $11,300

2011: Mongolia = $22,300

2012: Tajikistan = $51,772

2013: Mongolia = $15,000


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