Latin America – US Leadership Forum

Safari Club International and SCI Foundation (collectively Safari Club) hosted the first ever Latin America – US Leadership Forum at the 2016 SCI Convention earlier this month. The forum is a new venue for information sharing on wildlife trade policy and collaboration on sustainable-use conservation issues. Wildlife experts and government delegates from around Latin America, …

Death of Pilot Highlights Tanzania’s Struggle with Poaching

The world of conservation was shocked last week by the death of helicopter pilot, Roger Gower. Mr. Gower was shot and killed while conducting an anti-poaching surveillance over Tanzania’s Maswa Game Reserve. This tragedy adds to the list of recent poaching related deaths in Tanzania. At least five people connected to the incident have already …

Weekly Update: Tanzania Ruaha Buffalo Project

Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park is one of Africa’s largest national parks, roughly the size of the state of New Jersey. Ruaha’s many African buffalo, sometimes referred to as Cape buffalo, within the park are source populations for surrounding game reserves. Commercial and local community owned safari companies generate substantial revenue from hunting the iconic species. …

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 …

Issue of the Week: Tanzania Stands By Hunting

Tanzania has stated unequivocally that it will not consider suspending or banning hunting. Government officials cite the numerous benefits that sustainable utilization of wildlife brings to wildlife and people in the country. Responding to assertions made by the Lusaka Agreement Task Force at a recent workshop in Arusha that legal hunting fuels illegal wildlife trade, …

Anti-Poaching Efforts in Africa Aided by Uniform Donation

For the past two years, governments around the world have been discussing how to help address the global poaching problem. Increasing the awareness of poaching has been a success, but few on the ground actions have been taken to address the actual problems. SCI Foundation and Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.) recently partnered in support …

Could bio-engineered rhino horn be the solution to poaching?

Poaching is a global crisis. The decline in elephant populations has monopolized headlines, but elephants are not the only species threatened by poaching. Tigers, pangolin, apes, and rhino all suffer because their parts bring substantial profits on the black market. Organizations around the world are trying their best to reverse this trend and innovative solutions …

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 …

New Partnership Boosts Anti-poaching Efforts In Africa

SCI Foundation and Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces in support of anti-poaching, anti-wildlife trafficking, wildlife conservation and humanitarian efforts in Africa. This new partnership will promote the concept of sustainable use in conservation and facilitate effective solutions to end the plight of poaching. Both 501(c)(3) nonprofit charities …

Issue of the Week: New York Senator Attacks Hunting In New Bill

On April 8, 2015, New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-11) joined by anti-hunting organizations such as PETA, Friends of Animals, and the League of Human Voters, announced the introduction of New York State Senate Bill 4686, Foreign Game. This bill would completely ban the import, possession, sale and transportation of five African species in …