Safari Club International Foundation Testifies In Support Of International Wildlife Conservation Funding

For Immediate Release: July 28th, 2011

 

Washington, DC –Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) testified today in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee in support of H.R. 50, the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2011 which would extend funding for important conservation projects until the year 2016.

 

“It was an honor to testify before the committee today, and I hope that our message was clear: that these projects are a needed investment for sustainable wildlife conservation,” said Joseph Hosmer, President of SCIF. “Support for international conservation projects is necessary for the continued growth of wildlife populations and stability of rural economies throughout many nations of Africa and Asia.”

 

As a result of the funding from the U.S. Congress, many grants, matching contributions, and in-kind funds have been donated to these programs from other organizations, host countries, and conservation groups. For example, as a result of the 2009 Congressional appropriation of $2 million for the African Elephant Conservation Fund, over $11.2 million in matching funds were received from outside sources and went to fund 33 African elephant projects.

 

Contact: Nelson Freeman, Media@safariclub.org

About SCIF

Safari Club International Foundation is an international non-profit 501(c)(3). SCIF’s mission is to support and promote hunting as a major benefit for wildlife conservation and the sustainable use of wildlife and to fund and manage worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian services. Learn more at: www.safariclubfoundation.org.

 

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The WILD Foundation, Safari Club International Foundation Combat Rhino Poachers

For Immediate Release: All Media

April 21, 2011 – Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and The WILD Foundation (WILD) announced that they are working together to combat rhino poaching in South Africa through the Rhino Informant Incentive Fund (RIIF). The RIIF provides financial incentives to economically underdeveloped rural communities where rhino poachers reside. Local individuals will act as informants, to assist local law enforcement in apprehending poachers and confiscation of horns, weapons, or equipment.

“SCIF has successfully concentrated many of our financial resources into anti-poaching efforts in the last few years,” said SCIF President Joseph Hosmer. “We are excited to work with The WILD Foundation through our contribution to the Rhino Informant Incentive Fund. By working collaboratively against international poaching we will ensure sustainable-use conservation and hunting can continue.”

“We already see results with the first prosecution, validating further investment.  The support by SCIF is instrumental in this regard, and is being matched by local, privately donated funds within South Africa.  Thank you to the hunting community for continuing your role in sustainable use conservation,” stated WILD President Vance Martin.

“SCIF is ready to continue our anti-poaching projects throughout Africa and we hope that members of the hunting fraternity will consider making a donation to SCIF, so that we can increase our investments there,” concluded Hosmer.

Recent poaching has again been attributed to a growing international demand for rhino horn in Far East Asia where it is used in traditional medicine.  Professional criminal syndicates are using technology to their advantage, such as helicopters, with the aid of night vision and GPS tracking equipment. WILD’s founder and SCIF’s 2008 International Conservationist of the Year, Dr. Ian Player is leading the grassroots effort in South Africa to help combat the criminal syndicates.

To make a donation to SCIF please contact SCIF’s Development Department at (520) 620-1220 ext. 485 and make your tax deductible gift today.

Contact:  Nelson Freeman, media@safriclub.org or Emily Loose, emily@wild.org

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Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoor education, and humanitarian services. Since 2000, SCIF has provided $47 million to these causes around the world. Visit www.safariclubfoundation.org for more information.

The WILD Foundation – As the hub of the global wilderness conservation movement, The WILD Foundation (a Boulder, Colo based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) is the only international organization dedicated entirely to wilderness protection around the world. Our vision is to protect at least half of the planet’s land and water in an interconnected way to support all life on Earth – Nature Needs Half™.www.wild.org.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Mr. Joseph Hosmer, President

Safari Club International Foundation

501 2nd St NE

Washington, DC 20002

 

Subject:       Thank You for Your Generous Contribution

Dear Mr. Hosmer and Safari Club International:

I want to extend my sincere gratitude on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin for your recent donation of two used pickup trucks to assist with our Investing in Wisconsin Whitetails Deer Research Projects.  These vehicles are invaluable for our intensive field-based projects and have significantly increased our ability to trap, radio-collar and track deer across our study sites.

 

We have captured 187 deer thus far.  Currently we have radio-collared 134 deer and will be continuing to trap and monitor both adults and newly born fawns this summer.  To address the significant workload involved with our deer projects we are coordinating two UW-Madison graduate students, ten volunteers, an intern, and hundreds of interested volunteers from the public.

 

During the five year duration of this project we will provide Safari Club International (Mr. Matthew Eckert and Dr. Bill Moritz) with semi-annual updates on the progress of the projects and major results.  We also want to thank Dr. Moritz and Mr. Matthew Eckert for their cooperation, interest and assistance with our research efforts.  My staff have commented on how they have been extremely helpful, professional and a pleasure to interact with on deer management issues here in Wisconsin.

 

If you or your staff ever want to visit our research projects here in Wisconsin don’t hesitate to contact either myself or our Science Services Bureau.  We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Safari Club International!  Thank You again for your contribution.

 

Sincerely

Cathy Stepp

Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

 

 

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Karl Martin, Chief Wildlife and Forestry Research Section

Jack Sullivan, Director Bureau of Science Services

Tim Lawhern, Division Administrator, Enforcement and Science

 

Hunting “good” for lion populations?

This week, a coalition of animal rights activists filed a petition with the Department of Interior to list African lions as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act — their latest attempt to impose restrictions on hunters. As usual, the activists use sensationalized, emotional messaging that has nothing to do with the science of wildlife conservation.

Hunters and hunting actually benefit Africa’s lions — as well as its humans. Revenues from hunting generate $200 million annually in remote rural areas of Africa. This revenue gives wildlife value and humans protect the revenue by protecting the wildlife.

Placing African lions on the Endangered Species List will effectively end hunting of the animal. When the conservation and financial incentives that hunting provides are lost or mismanaged, the value local communities place on the sustainability of lion populations greatly diminishes. This leads to humans killing lions as a result of human-lion conflict.

For example, in lion range states where hunting has been banned, cattle herders are using snares and deadly pesticides to poison and kill lions in high numbers in the interest of protecting their own livelihoods. Other resident wildlife also falls to snares and poisons that target lions.

Human-wildlife conflict is a consistent threat across lion range, but people better tolerate coexisting with lions when lions have an economic value. Ending hunting in countries that currently allow it could spell the end of responsible management of lion populations.

Through adaptive management, governments set hunting regulations that are non-detrimental to the health and survival of the game species populations, specifically for lions, as this species generates huge economic revenues for rural communities. Hunting is the most successful tool for maintaining incentives to conserve lions.

We are proud to say that Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is a true leader in the conservation movement. From the restoration of America’s forests and wildlife at the beginning of the 20th century to the many conservation success stories in Africa today, it has been hunters who have provided the resources to make these successes possible.

SCIF is committed to science-based African lion conservation. We assist lion range states in completing national lion management plans, which allow governments to manage populations in a safe, sustainable manner. Management plans target the immediate threats to lions and provide conservation strategies aimed at addressing these threats. To date, we have assisted Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in developing their national plans, and have funded the publication of Namibia’s and Zambia’s national lion management plan. SCIF also assisted the regional conservation strategies coauthored by IUCN, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the African Lion Working Group, among other partners.

SCIF also hosts the African Wildlife Consultative Forum, where Southern African nations come together annually to discuss wildlife management issues of mutual concern. African Lion issues have been a feature for several meetings, especially approaches to lion management and human-lion conflict resolution.

As hunters, we stand together to help conserve wildlife and protect our hunting heritage. The persistent misinformation campaigns of extremist animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States and the International Fund for Animal Welfare portray hunters as the enemy, when hunters are truly the greatest stewards of our wildlife.

Larry Rudolph is the President of Safari Club International. Joe Hosmer is the President of Safari Club International Foundation.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/04/why-being-hunted-is-good-for-africas-lions/#ixzz1FfjmXfp8

 

Tanzania: Reform of the Hunting Industry in the Making

Tanzania Sunset

After years of controversial public debates on the reform of block allocation and fee structure in the hunting industry the Tanzanian Government published new regulations at the beginning of February. All hunting blocks will be allocated in a new system for the period of 2013 to 2018. The number of blocks in the country  has been increased from 158 to 190, and all of them have been graded into five classes according to their quality.

The hunting areas will be advertised and  companies can apply. The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Ezekiel Maige told a press conference in Dar es Salaam that no decisions on allocation have been taken yet: “Let me clear rumors doing the rounds that the Minister had allocated some hunting blocks already. I am a man of integrity and value transparency and accountability,” said Maige.

The Minister however said the Tourist Hunting Regulations of 2010 have categorized hunting blocks in accordance with grade points whereby category I has 24 blocks hunting permit fee $60,000, category II has 95 blocks and its hunting fee is $30,000.  Others include category III with 18 blocks of  a hunting fee of $18,000, whereas in category IV with 8 hunting blocks attracts a fee of $10,000 and the last category with 8 blocks the hunters will have to pay a fee of $5,000.  According to the minister, the grading has been done in accordance with the species and number of animals to be hunted and the diversity of flora and fauna. Its accessibility in terms of terrain and infrastructure from Dar es Salaam, reliable water supply and the scope of human activities are other factors taken into consideration, according to Minister Maige.

Until now the blocks of category I were only $27,000 US$ a year and until a few years ago all blocks were given out for only $7,500 US$ each per year.

Director of Wildlife Erasmus Tarimo revealed that for the hunting season that began in July 2010 to-date, the government has generated $36 million as direct fee.  He said applicants who are Tanzanians are required to produce a bank bond of guarantee to the tune of at least $300,000 and for a foreign owned hunting company a bank bond of $1,000,000 is required as a guarantee.

It can be expected that TAHOA, the Tanzanian  Hunting Operators Association, strongly opposes the new fee structure and will use its political influence to modify it. With fixed prices fort he blocks and no tendering process it remains unclear upon which criteria the allocation to companies will be based. Many Tanzanian hunting companies are owned by the families of former or present politicians and influential personalities. In the past the pressures upon the Director of Wildlife to allocate blocks to such companies has been strong.

Written by: Rolf Baldus

Original source: http://www.africanindaba.co.za/

Historic Elephant Announcement by Zambian Government

For Immediate Release January 31, 2011

Washington, DC – Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will allow the importation of 20 elephant hunting trophies annually from Zambia starting this 2011 hunting season. This historic announcement was made at the 2011 SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada.

“After years of collaboration, the FWS has made the determination that sustainable hunting of elephants will contribute to the enhancement of the survival of elephants in Zambia,” said SCI Foundation President Joseph Hosmer. “As a form of sustainable-use, hunting is a key component of wildlife conservation and management worldwide. The SCI Foundation is very proud to be part of the announcement.”

A formal exchange between the FWS and the Zambian government was made on Thursday, Jan. 27 in conjunction with the SCI Foundation Department of Science-based Conservation and Research. The finding of enhancement by the FWS is a conclusion reached after many years of information sharing, including government to government meetings facilitated at the SCI Convention and the African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF).

Underwritten by the SCI Foundation, the AWCF convenes African governments, world renowned wildlife biologists, professional hunter associations and leading conservation NGOs to share information and discuss current wildlife management issues.

Contact: Nelson Freeman; media@safariclub.org

– SCIF –

The SCI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to sustainable science-based wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian services, including such programs as Sportsmen Against Hunger, Sensory Safari, Safari Care, Disabled Hunter, the American Wilderness Leadership School, Becoming an Outdoors Woman & More and Youth Education Seminars (YES) Outdoors. Visit http://www.safariclubfoundation.org for more.

 

Joseph Hosmer Named Safari Club International Foundation President

For Immediate Release

December 16, 2010

Tucson, Arizona – Joseph Hosmer was unanimously selected as President of Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) at the first meeting of SCIF’s new board of directors.

With the seating of the new board and naming of its first President, SCIF has undergone a historic realignment that will greatly increase the Foundation’s effectiveness to create a permanent endowment for wildlife conservation & research, wildlife education initiatives and humanitarian endeavors worldwide.

“I am extremely honored,” said SCIF President Hosmer upon his election. “As a lifelong conservationist, the opportunity to lead Safari Club International Foundation toward the highest levels of conservation goals is truly unmatched.”

The key element of the re-alignment is that the new SCIF Board of Directors is independent of the SCI Board of Directors.  It consists of Safari Club International (SCI) members who are especially committed to the core SCIF mission of wildlife conservation and education. The new 15-member board includes private business and outdoor industry leaders in addition to SCI past Presidents, Hunter Legacy Fund trustees, and members.   Developing new channels of fundraising for SCIF will be among the new board’s key goals.

“Selecting Joe to lead the new SCIF Board will best position the organization to develop strategic funding goals for the continued growth of our conservation and research efforts,” said Safari Club International President Larry Rudolph.

“This realignment will create a sustained endowment for SCIF’s efforts in support of the organization’s worldwide programs dedicated to sustainable science-based wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian services,” concluded Hosmer.

For the past four years, Joe has served as Chairman for the SCI Foundation Conservation Committee.  Joe joined SCI over 15 years ago and has been a member of the SCI Foundation Conservation Committee for over 10 years.

Contact: Nelson Freeman; media@safariclub.org

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The SCI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to sustainable science-based wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian services, including such programs as Sportsmen Against Hunger, Sensory Safari, Safari Care, Disabled Hunter, the American Wilderness Leadership School, Becoming an Outdoors Woman & More and Youth Education Seminars (YES) Outdoors.  Visitwww.safariclubfoundation.org for more.