SCI Foundation Invests More Than $300,000 for Anti-Poaching in Africa

SCI Foundation has a long history of working in southern and eastern Africa on anti-poaching, investing more than $300,000 since 2010. Our work has supported government agencies, community conservancies, and academic institutions in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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 …

War on Poaching Not Won by Boots on the Ground Alone

Over the last decade we’ve witnessed a discouraging surge in poaching, but we’ve also seen a recent wave of investment in rhino conservation efforts. Despite the increase in funding for anti-poaching, a new study by the Zoological Society of London and South Africa’s Ezemvolo KZN Wildlife suggests that foot patrols, the boots on the ground …

CITES Issue: African Elephant

During the last couple of months, SCI and SCI Foundation have blogged about issues that are particularly relevant for hunters and will be addressed at the upcoming CITES 17th Conference of the Parties.  Previous blog topics include African lion, wood bison, secret ballot voting, and cape mountain zebra.  This week’s post is about another iconic …

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, …

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 …

The CAMPFIRE Program in Zimbabwe

By Charles Jonga and George Pangeti Zimbabwe’s Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) is highly regarded in the conservation community. From CAMPFIRE’s inception in the 1980’s, the program has encouraged rural communities on communal lands to conserve local wildlife populations. Prior to the program, Zimbabwe did not have a system where landowners and …

Director Of CAMPFIRE Association To Address White House Council, Congressional Caucus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 13, 2014 Washington, D.C. – This week, Charles Jonga, Director of the Community Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in Zimbabwe came to Washington as a guest of the SCI Foundation.  He discussed the necessity of community involvement in wildlife management before the Presidential Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking (Advisory …

Advisory Council Hears CAMPFIRE’s Message

On June 9, 2014, the Wildlife Trafficking Council held their third public meeting to discuss and adopt recommendations for the implementation of the National Strategy to combat wildlife trafficking. SCI Foundation attended and presented comments at this meeting, as did Charles Jonga, Director of Community Areas Management Programs For Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) in Zimbabwe. CAMPFIRE …

Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflict

We can all agree that wildlife has value. The value that people associate with wildlife can take multiple forms, one of which is the importance of wildlife to human Society. When a species loses its societal value, the regard for the well-being of individual animals and the overall population status of the species may diminish. …