Tanzania Introduces New Wildlife Management Authority

Conservationists are celebrating the recent launch of the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA). Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete announced the inauguration of TAWA on October 18th in Dar es Salaam. The new authority is responsible for building the country’s capacity to fight growing wildlife challenges. Tanzania has been considering establishing a body like TAWA for many …

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, …

Positive Enhancement Finding for Argali in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently found that the importation of argali sheep hunted in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia in 2015 would enhance the survival of the species in each country. Enhancement findings are annually required for argali before import permits are issued. A positive enhancement finding essentially means that U.S. hunters participating …

Weekly Update: The First Wood Bison Calves Are Here!

The first wild-born calves were spotted during an Alaska Department of Fish and Game aerial survey. This marks the first time in 100 years that a bison calf was born in the Alaskan wild. This exciting milestone is part of a 20 year wood bison reintroduction project that sought to reestablish a wood bison population …

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 …

Weekly Update: The Snow Leopard Trust

SCI Foundation partnered with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) in 2014. SLT is researching snow leopards in South Gobi, Mongolia and determining more effective methods for predator-proofing livestock corrals against snow leopard attacks. A snow leopard preys on large mammals, such as ibex, with a kill occurring once every 10 to 15 days. That is …

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 …

Issue of the Week: India’s Leopard Population on the Decline

Last week we discussed how population growth in Africa is negatively impacting wildlife through habitat encroachment and increased human-wildlife conflict. These problems, though heightened in Africa due to its dramatic growth rate, are not confined to its borders. Similar problems are seen in India. A new study shows an 80 percent decrease in India’s leopard …

Issue of the Week: Community Involvement in Wildlife Conservation

Globally, over a billion rural people are dependent for some part of their livelihood on the use and trade of wild natural resources. In some areas, 25–40% of household income is being derived from wild resources.  These astounding realities are reported in a 2011 IUCN paper called “Raising Local Community Voices: CITES, Livelihoods and Sustainable …

Weekly Update: A Socio-economic Review of Hunting in Africa

A new study on the socio-economics of hunting is underway and seeks to report the far-reaching contributions of consumptive tourism in Africa. Specialized in natural resource and environmental economics, Southwick Associates will lead the data collection and reporting of the study. Participants of African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF), including representatives of government and the professional …