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 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 …

Building Capacity for Wildlife Research in Uganda

Across the Kidepo Valley a hunter glasses spiral horns through thick brush. The stalk is on for the elusive Grey Ghost of Africa. You are in the bush on a classic East Africa safari in the historic Karamoja region. This wilderness is one of the most remote, inaccessible and ecologically intact areas of Uganda, and …

SCI Foundation Accepted into the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Washington, DC – Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) is pleased to announce its formal acceptance as a new member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). IUCN is the world’s largest environmental network and the global authority on species survival status. Membership strengthens SCI Foundation’s credibility and capacity through association with this …

Economic Contributions of Hunting Tourism in Africa

A study recently conducted for SCI Foundation by Southwick Associates, “The Economic Contributions of Hunting-Related Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa,” measured the size of hunting-related tourism’s contributions to the local, national, and regional economies of eight African nations between 2012 and 2014. The study reveals that in-country spending per hunter in Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, …

Preparing for CITES Conference of the Parties

From September 24 – October 5, 2016, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will hold its 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) in Johannesburg, South Africa.  At the CoP, Parties to the treaty will make decisions regarding the listing status of many species and requirements for international …

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 …