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 …

Genetics and the Conservation Status of Species

Researchers at Purdue University have recently published an article in the journal Biological Conservation, suggesting that genetics should play a stronger role in determining whether species are threatened with extinction. In the article, “The reduction of genetic diversity in threatened vertebrates and new recommendations regarding IUCN conservation rankings,” the authors argue that biologists need to …

Weekly Update: SCI Foundation Funds Lion Genetics Project

Despite the array of propaganda in today’s media that paints a bleak picture for African lion populations, the truth is, most of the facts are false. We don’t know how many lions lived in Africa a century ago. We don’t even know how many lions existed a quarter-century ago.  And for genetics, there currently is …