Pre-CITES Win: Polar Bears Off CoP17 Agenda

Anti-Hunting Groups Strike Out with Polar Bear Science Something big is missing from the CITES agenda at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this month in Johannesburg. In an early win for Safari Club and for the first time in years of debate, polar bears will not be discussed on the CITES floor. Fighting anti-hunting …

SCI Foundation Joins the Wild Harvest Initiative

SCI Foundation has recently partnered with Conservation Visions Inc. and committed to supporting the ongoing Wild Harvest Initiative (WHI). The initiative is a collaborative effort among the hunting and wildlife conservation community to estimate the nutritional and economic value of recreational wild protein harvest across all of North America. The WHI is the first attempt …

The Science Behind Sustainable Use

“How can you hunt an endangered species?” Members of the public frequently pose this question to wildlife biologists. The answer, quite simply, lies in a concept referred to as sustainable use. Sustainable use means harvesting the annual surplus while leaving enough adults to replenish the population. The anti-hunting community frequently cites numbers of animals hunted …

A Song of Ivory and Fire: Why destruction of ivory stockpiles might not be a good idea

As Kenya prepares to destroy its entire wildlife products stockpile--an estimated 100 or more tons of elephant ivory, rhino horn and parts from other species--at the end of April, some are welcoming this move as a bold display of defiance against trafficking of wildlife products. Billionaires, Hollywood celebrities, and other well-meaning but misinformed individuals are …

New Opportunities for Conservation in Cuba

With the opening of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba earlier this year, new opportunities for conservation among the two countries are emerging. The United States and Cuba recently signed an agreement on marine conservation and research, representing the first such collaboration on environmental protection. The agreement proposes to link marine sanctuaries in the …