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 …

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 …

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 …

CITES Issue: Eastern and Western Tur

The CITES 17th Conference of the Parties is only two weeks away. SCI and SCI Foundation (collectively Safari Club) will be travelling to South Africa this month to represent the sustainable use community. We are continuing the CITES Issue blog series to educate our members and the general public, previously covering African lions, secret ballot …

Community-Based Hunting Programs are Driving Force for Markhor Recovery in Pakistan

Deep in the tribal territories of northern Pakistan, a group of village elders meets with bearded foreigners carrying rifles. They discuss recent conflicts in the region while looking at topographic maps, plotting access into some of the world's most remote mountain passes. No, this isn’t a Navy SEALs movie; it’s a hunting story. The foreigners …

The Conservation Equation in Africa

Read more on First for Wildlife here or visit our website for more information. Twice a week, SCI Foundation informs readers about conservation initiatives happening worldwide and updates them on SCI Foundation’s news, projects and events. Tuesdays are dedicated to an Issue of the Week and Thursday’s Weekly Updates will provide an inside look into …

Hunting Tourism Contributes $426 Million to African Economy

Washington, DC – Results from a newly published study show that the overall contribution of hunting tourism in eight African nations is an estimated $426 million annually. More than 18,000 hunter tourists visit Africa every year. The study was featured in an article by Bloomberg Economics on June 9. “This work demonstrates that hunting has …

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 …

SCI Foundation Attends NAFWS Conference

Staff from the SCI Foundation’s Conservation program attended the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society’s (NAFWS) 34th annual conference last week in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The meeting was hosted by the Oneida Nation, which provided attendees with delicious meals of bison and walleye from the tribe’s farm. SCI Foundation has partnered with several Native American …

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 …