SCI Foundation Closes in on One Million Dollar Investment in Lion Conservation and Research

Washington, DC – Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) has announced that it is close to hitting an unprecedented milestone by contributing nearly $1,000,000 to African lion projects for conservation and research.

“SCI Foundation has continually been a leader in lion conservation in collaboration with the African lion range states,” said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer. “Our specific research efforts have provided the best available information on the status of lions, which hopefully will be used by the range states to ensure well managed populations.”

This new information comes at a crucial time when the international conservation community is conducting a review on lions. This review will determine whether lions are appropriately listed in the CITES Appendices. Currently, they are listed as Appendix II, which poses restrictions on international trade in the species.

Annually, SCI Foundation underwrites the African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF), a meeting where government officials from various African countries convene and discuss leading wildlife conservation issues and wildlife policy and management. The AWCF promotes the practice of sustainable use, including hunting. Therefore, Professional Hunting Associations and other NGOs are represented at this meeting to share their expertise and concerns with regard to wildlife conservation and hunting regulations.

“Throughout the decade long effort to improve the AWCF, lion conservation has been a continual theme that SCI Foundation hopes will result in ever improving management for such an iconic species,” concluded Hosmer.

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The SCI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to 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. Call 877-877-3265 or visit www.sci-foundation.org for more information.

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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.

 

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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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SCIF becomes a member of the prestigious ICCF Conservation Council

Washington, DC – Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) is honored to announce their new partnership with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF). SCIF has joined the ICCF as a member of the prestigious ICCF Conservation Council.
“SCIF is extremely excited to join as a leading partner with a foundation so completely dedicated to conservation like the ICCF,” said SCIF President Joseph Hosmer. “SCIF is proud to represent the sustainable-use community on the Conservation Council. With ICCF’s emphasis on market-based solutions to our global conservation challenges, we believe that we are natural partners to promote the sustained-use and management of natural resources.”

The ICCF Conservation Council is an association of public and private sector representatives dedicated to international conservation. Members share a common desire to implement conservation projects safeguarding wildlife and biodiversity, protecting and restoring habitats, and generating economic opportunities and social benefits for surrounding communities that are the long-term stewards of local natural resources. Through strategic affiliation, SCIF and ICCF will advance international conservation and sustainability initiatives with balanced, sustainable solutions.

Source: SCIF Press Release http://bit.ly/j5pWlB

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.

About ICCF: The International Conservation Caucus Foundation is an international non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Inspired by the belief that conservation is a fundamental component to sustainable development, poverty alleviation, conflict avoidance, good governance, and regional security, ICCF encourages American policymakers, businesses, NGOs, and foreign governments to expand their leadership in the world to promote sound, long-term policies of sustainable land, water, and biodiversity management. Learn more at: www.iccfoundation.us.

Letter from Tajikistan Embassy – thanking SCIF

March 2, 2011

Dear Mr. Hosmer:

Let me express my deep sincere appreication to you and your team for generous hospitality that I experienced during Safari Club International 39th annual convention in Reno, Nevada from January 26-29, 2011.

It was great honor for me to be a part of a great community and participate in such comprehensive platform.  In addition, I had fruitful meetings with other respected members of Safal Club International Foundation and politicial establishment.

The Republic of Tajikistan takes into consideration active engagement of SCI in Tajikistan in hunting, conservation and wildllife management values its cooperation with SCI stands ready to further enhance and deepend them. Tajikistan is thankful for SCI for its sincere commitment towards improvement of wildlife management in Tajikistan.

Please, accept my heartfel gratitude for the Award, I was honored to receive the International Legislator of the Year from SCI and the Award is a Trophy to be proud of and it has special place in my heart.

With sincere regards,

A. Shirinov

Tajikistan Ambassador

AFRICAN LION SURVEY FOR MALAWI

Mr. Joseph H. Hosmer,

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to you and Dr. Phillipe Chardonnet, personally, for raising lion survey funds and sending Dr. Pascal Mesochina to Malawi to undertake the survey.

Dr. Pascal Mesochina and staff of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife worked together and successfully completed the Malawi lion survey, whose report is to be produced.  I am aware that a presentation at the 2010 Safari Club Internationalmeeting held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe,  was made.  Unfortunately, Clement Mbota, who was appointed to attend the meeting failed to travel.  Furthermore, I was also unable to travel to the 2011 Safari Club International meeting in Reno, Nevada, USA, due to budgetary problems.  Either Clement Mbota or myself will endevour to attend future meetings.

I have just recently written to Mr. George Pangeti in Zimbabwe to request him to consider assisting Malawi to conduct a wildlife survey (census) of Nyika National Park (northern park zone), whose outcome might assist in decision making for future resource utilization.

I and my Department are extremely grateful for the growing relationship between SCI, IGF and us.

Yours sincerely,

L. D. Sefu.

Director of National Parks and Wildlife, Malawi

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.