Kyrgyzstan Narrowly Rejects Hunting Ban

A bill to ban hunting in Kyrgyzstan was narrowly defeated by Parliament last week, 56 to 52. Members of the Kyrgyz Parliament argued that the proposed law would lead to increased poaching and lost revenue from foreign hunters. The bill would have banned all hunting until 2030 throughout the country, except for some regulated predator …

SCI Chapter Supports Research on Angola’s Giant Sable

The SCI Lusitania Chapter recently gave a conservation award to Dr. Pedro Vaz Pinto, lead scientist for the “Palanca” project in Angola. The Palanca Negra Gigante, otherwise known as the Angolan Giant Sable, is a rare subspecies often described as the most beautiful antelope in the world. Dr. Vaz Pinto is a researcher with the Catholic …

Species Recovery Stories – Thanks to Hunting!

There are two places in the world where conservation has been especially successful – North America and southern Africa.  In both regions, sustainable use hunting plays a vital role in wildlife management. Contrary to what the anti-hunting community portrays, the science behind sustainable use can stimulate population growth while providing the necessary revenue and incentive …

Mongolia Declares New Protected Area for Snow Leopards

In a victory for snow leopard conservation, the government of Mongolia has officially created a new nature reserve. Mongolia’s Parliament declared the Tost Mountains a State Protected Area earlier this month on April 14th. Tost is the site of the world’s most comprehensive long-term snow leopard research study. Led by the Snow Leopard Trust, this project tracked …

The Science Behind Sustainable Use

“How can you hunt an endangered species?” Members of the public frequently pose this question to wildlife biologists. The answer, quite simply, lies in a concept referred to as sustainable use. Sustainable use means harvesting the annual surplus while leaving enough adults to replenish the population. The anti-hunting community frequently cites numbers of animals hunted …

3 Endangered Cats You Probably Don’t Know

Last week, we introduced 4 endangered wild dog species to you. Like canines, cats are iconic predators that play important roles in their ecosystems. Many of the well-known Big Cat species are at risk of extinction. Snow leopards, Asiatic cheetahs and tigers are all listed as Endangered by IUCN or International Union for Conservation of …

4 Endangered Dogs You’ve Never Heard Of

Canines are a diverse family of animals. Around the world, there are more endangered species of dogs than you may know. Here’s an interesting list of four species in trouble. Ethiopian Wolf The Ethiopian wolf is perhaps the most threatened canid species in the world and also unique in that it is the only wolf …

Wildlife Museum Renovates Endangered Species Pond

Work is currently underway to renovate the pond at the International Wildlife Museum and Safari Club International World Headquarters in Tucson, AZ.  The pond was built in 1988, along with the museum, and is listed by the state of Arizona as an official repository for endangered fish and frog species Representatives from the Arizona Game …

Genetics and the Conservation Status of Species

Researchers at Purdue University have recently published an article in the journal Biological Conservation, suggesting that genetics should play a stronger role in determining whether species are threatened with extinction. In the article, “The reduction of genetic diversity in threatened vertebrates and new recommendations regarding IUCN conservation rankings,” the authors argue that biologists need to …

Fencing: Helpful or Harmful?

Fencing places physical barriers, usually wire, across large areas to keep animals in and “nuisance” animals out.  A number of protected areas in Africa are partially or completely fenced, and communities are evaluating the potential benefits. The basic logic of fencing sounds ideal, but many conservationists differ in their range of support. Over the past …