Anti-poaching in Namibia: Helping Communities Protect Their Wildlife

Few countries are as committed to conservation and hunting as Namibia. Which is why SCI Foundation is proud to partner with Namibia on an exciting new anti-poaching project to help secure its rhinos, elephants, lions and other high-value species. Sub-Saharan Africa remains at the forefront of the current global poaching epidemic, and Namibia unfortunately has …

Lion Hunting is Lion Conservation

Hunting of African lions contributes to lion conservation, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WILDCRU) of Oxford University conclude in a new report to the government of the United Kingdom. The report highlights the important role that hunting plays in protecting lion habitat. Conversion of wild lands to agriculture and human settlement has contributed …

CITES Keeps Lions on Appendix II

The proposal to move the African lion from CITES Appendix II to CITES Appendix I was officially defeated today at the 17th CITES Conference.  Lions will remain on Appendix II with a new provision that regulates commercial trade in lion bone. Trade in lion hunting trophies, including skulls and bones, will not be affected in …

CITES Issue: African Elephant

During the last couple of months, SCI and SCI Foundation have blogged about issues that are particularly relevant for hunters and will be addressed at the upcoming CITES 17th Conference of the Parties.  Previous blog topics include African lion, wood bison, secret ballot voting, and cape mountain zebra.  This week’s post is about another iconic …

CITES Issue: Cape Mountain Zebra

The 2016 CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17) is fast approaching this September in South Africa. SCI and SCI Foundation (collectively Safari Club) are addressing the key CITES issues in an ongoing blog series, previously covering African lions, wood bison and secret ballot voting. This week’s issue comes from another positive proposal for the international …

CITES Issue: African Lion

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international treaty that regulates trade in wildlife. Two weeks ago, we started a “CITES Issues” blog series that will provide insight into specific issues that will be addressed at the upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) and are of importance …

Science Makes a Breakthrough in Aging African Lions

Washington, DC – Marking a breakthrough in lion conservation, scientists can now accurately age African lions with a significant degree of certainty. Researchers with the Zambia Lion Project recently released two scientific publications outlining an innovative method for estimating lion age within six months using teeth. “Accurate age estimation of African lions is urgently needed …

Wheels on the Ground Needed for Tanzania Lion Project

SCI Foundation needs your help to fund a high priority project need! A research vehicle with the Tanzania Lion Project recently suffered a mechanical failure in the field, leaving the project short a vehicle and causing the researchers to alter their survey methods. Importing replacement parts and repairing this Land Rover will take some time, …

Local Management Works for Zimbabwe Lions

Last year, one lion in Zimbabwe brought the role of hunting in wildlife conservation into the spotlight. Despite inflammatory reports to the contrary, Zimbabwe has a very successful model of lion management based primarily on sustainable lion hunting. Zimbabwe’s lion management has been so successful that many wildlife areas, supported entirely by revenue generated from …

AWCF 2015 Kickoff in South Africa!

SCI Foundation is set to kick off the 2015 African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) next week at Legend Resort in Limpopo, South Africa. Hosted by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, this 14th annual meeting will take place on November 8-13. Attendance is up 30%, setting an all-time AWCF record. Delegates from over 10 African …