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 …

CITES CoP17 Wrap-Up

After months of preparation and two weeks of intensive work, SCI and SCI Foundation’s CITES delegations have achieved great results at the recent CITES 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa.   The meeting was anticipated to be very difficult for the sustainable use community, but hard work and coordination with the countries …

CITES Recognizes Hunting is a Conservation Tool

Today, October 4, at the 17th Conference of the Parties in Johannesburg, CITES adopted a formal position on hunting trophies. The resolution recommends that countries fulfill certain standards and procedures – many of which have long been practiced by the hunting community – when deciding whether to issue export and import permits for hunting trophies …

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 CoP17 Committee Takes Action on Species Proposals

The CITES Conference of Parties (CoP17) Committee I – the Committee that reviews species-based proposals – has made recommendations on three different proposals. Now out of Committee, these proposals will be voted on in plenary by the CITES Parties during the final days of the CoP17. The plenary vote will very likely adopt the Committee’s …

Community Leaders Speak Up for Sustainable Use Conservation and Livelihoods at CoP17

Yesterday and today, rural community leaders from around the world voiced their concerns about several proposals that were considered at the CITES 17th Conference of the Parties in Johannesburg.  One set of proposals related to the sale of elephant ivory were particularly controversial.  Community leaders from Namibia gave impassioned speeches in support of sustainable use of natural …

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 …

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 …