Actually, African Elephants Are Not on The Verge of Extinction

Few species are as iconic as the African elephant, the world’s largest terrestrial mammal. With long lifespans, high intelligence, and complex social structures, elephants evoke powerful emotions in people. Long pursued for their ivory, elephants have been increasingly exploited in recent years by certain environmental groups that rely on them for fundraising. We are inundated …

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 …

A Song of Ivory and Fire: Why destruction of ivory stockpiles might not be a good idea

As Kenya prepares to destroy its entire wildlife products stockpile--an estimated 100 or more tons of elephant ivory, rhino horn and parts from other species--at the end of April, some are welcoming this move as a bold display of defiance against trafficking of wildlife products. Billionaires, Hollywood celebrities, and other well-meaning but misinformed individuals are …

Safari Club Attends 66th CITES Standing Committee

Safari Club International and SCI Foundation (collectively, Safari Club) staff were in Geneva in mid-January for the 66th CITES Standing Committee (SC66) Meeting. CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international treaty that regulates trade of animals and plants. SC66 was the last Committee meeting prior …

China Pledges Cooperation on African Wildlife

Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and delegates from 50 African nations met at the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. China made another step to stop poaching by pledging continued cooperation with Africa. FOCAC is a venue for China and Africa to discuss industry and development goals. China is Africa’s biggest …

Anti-Poaching Adds Technology to Arsenal

Poaching of protected wildlife has reached an epidemic level and created a crisis for some African species. Rhinos and elephants are especially targeted for their horns and ivory in illegal markets overseas. Last year, a total 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. Poaching syndicates are becoming more organized and well equipped. Technology may …

SCI Foundation To Attend Times Square Ivory Crush

On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will host its second ivory crush event in the middle of New York’s most populated intersection: Times Square.  The event will be attended by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, USFWS Director Dan Ashe, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and other special …

Issue of the Week: The Militarization of Poaching

Rhino poaching in South Africa is at record levels. Countries, such as Tanzania and Mozambique, have seen dramatic drops in their elephant populations. Demand for ivory and rhino horn largely comes from Asia, where owning an ivory carving is a status symbol and rhino horn is a wonder drug. Countless articles tell of the stark …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Thursday, March 7, 2013

U.S Polar Bear Proposal Soundly Defeated, but SCI & SCI Foundation Need To Stay Alert:  The U.S. proposal to list the polar bear on Appendix I (endangered) went down to defeat on March 7, despite a lot of diplomatic arm-twisting by the U.S.  SCI and SCI Foundation helped ensure the defeat in many ways, including …