3 Endangered Cats You Probably Don’t Know

Last week, we introduced 4 endangered wild dog species to you. Like canines, cats are iconic predators that play important roles in their ecosystems. Many of the well-known Big Cat species are at risk of extinction. Snow leopards, Asiatic cheetahs and tigers are all listed as Endangered by IUCN or International Union for Conservation of …

Local Management Works for Zimbabwe Lions

Last year, one lion in Zimbabwe brought the role of hunting in wildlife conservation into the spotlight. Despite inflammatory reports to the contrary, Zimbabwe has a very successful model of lion management based primarily on sustainable lion hunting. Zimbabwe’s lion management has been so successful that many wildlife areas, supported entirely by revenue generated from …

Issue of the Week: Zambia Lifts Lion Hunting Ban

Zambia has officially lifted its ban on the hunting of lions and other big cats. The announcement was made by Zambia’s Minister of Tourism, Jean Kapata in Lusaka on May 15, 2015. Zapata stated at a Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) press conference that leopard hunting will resume during the 2015/2016 season with “cautionary quotas” and …

In Major Setback for Anti-Hunting Efforts; FWS Rejects Attempts to Stop Lion Hunting

For Immediate Release: October 27, 2014 Washington, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rejected the claim that the African lion merited listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.  After a long and comprehensive review of the species status, which included information from the foremost lion researchers in the …

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 …

Fencing: Helpful or Harmful?

Fencing places physical barriers, usually wire, across large areas to keep animals in and “nuisance” animals out.  A number of protected areas in Africa are partially or completely fenced, and communities are evaluating the potential benefits. The basic logic of fencing sounds ideal, but many conservationists differ in their range of support. Over the past …

Weekly Update: Animals Committee Meeting

Next week, SCI Foundation will participate in the 27th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC) Meeting in Veracruz, Mexico. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) established the Animals Committee in 1987, to fill gaps in biological and other specialized knowledge regarding species of animals and plants that are subject to CITES …

Hunter Legacy Fund 100: Emerging Leader in International Conservation Funding

During the past six months the Hunter Legacy Fund 100 (HLF) contributed over $450,000 to conservation projects around the globe.  It started on Saturday night at the 41st Annual SCI Hunters’ Convention in Reno, the HLF made a $250,000 contribution to the “Fighting for Lions” campaign.  The “Fighting for Lions” campaign will focus on keeping …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CITES Timetable for Lions: The study period on determining the status of lion populations was extended and SCI and SCI Foundation are not hearing anything to indicate that decision will be changed during the final two days of CoP16.  Namibia and Kenya will make the “Periodic Review” report on lions to the next CITES Animals …

Fighting For Lions

Safari Club International (SCI) Foundation would like to express extreme gratitude to the SCI Staff, SCI Members, Chapters, the Hunters Legacy Fund, SCI Foundation Board of Directors and the hunting community who demonstrated their commitment to science-based wildlife management around the world. Once again, sportsmen and women have shown leadership in generosity, in excess of …