War on Poaching Not Won by Boots on the Ground Alone

Over the last decade we’ve witnessed a discouraging surge in poaching, but we’ve also seen a recent wave of investment in rhino conservation efforts. Despite the increase in funding for anti-poaching, a new study by the Zoological Society of London and South Africa’s Ezemvolo KZN Wildlife suggests that foot patrols, the boots on the ground …

Economic Contributions of Hunting Tourism in Africa

A study recently conducted for SCI Foundation by Southwick Associates, “The Economic Contributions of Hunting-Related Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa,” measured the size of hunting-related tourism’s contributions to the local, national, and regional economies of eight African nations between 2012 and 2014. The study reveals that in-country spending per hunter in Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, …

The CAMPFIRE Program in Zimbabwe

By Charles Jonga and George Pangeti Zimbabwe’s Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) is highly regarded in the conservation community. From CAMPFIRE’s inception in the 1980’s, the program has encouraged rural communities on communal lands to conserve local wildlife populations. Prior to the program, Zimbabwe did not have a system where landowners and …

Director Of CAMPFIRE Association To Address White House Council, Congressional Caucus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 13, 2014 Washington, D.C. – This week, Charles Jonga, Director of the Community Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in Zimbabwe came to Washington as a guest of the SCI Foundation.  He discussed the necessity of community involvement in wildlife management before the Presidential Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Advisory …

Advisory Council Hears CAMPFIRE’s Message

On June 9, 2014, the Wildlife Trafficking Council held their third public meeting to discuss and adopt recommendations for the implementation of the National Strategy to combat wildlife trafficking. SCI Foundation attended and presented comments at this meeting, as did Charles Jonga, Director of Community Areas Management Programs For Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in Zimbabwe. CAMPFIRE …

Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflict

We can all agree that wildlife has value. The value that people associate with wildlife can take multiple forms, one of which is the importance of wildlife to human Society. When a species loses its societal value, the regard for the well-being of individual animals and the overall population status of the species may diminish. …