Category Archives: Lion Conservation

How The New U.S. Rules Will Affect Lion Trophy Importation Into The U.S


Safari Club International is doing everything possible to help members and all hunters in the face of changing U.S. Government decisions that affect the importation of lion trophies from Africa to the United States. Below is a summary of the new rules.

New Rules Affect Hunts on or after January 22, 2016.

New U.S. rules affect the importation of any trophy from an African lion harvested on or after January 22, 2016. The rules were issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

African lionSpecial U.S. import required.

Lions from southern and eastern African countries are considered “threatened with extinction.” You cannot import a trophy into the U.S. without first getting a U.S. import permit, in addition to a CITES export permit. According to the rule, as of 2013 legal trophy hunting occurred in five southern and eastern African countries: Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Continue reading How The New U.S. Rules Will Affect Lion Trophy Importation Into The U.S

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Zimbabwe Lifts Temporary Ban on Lion, Leopard and Elephant Hunting


SCI Recently received the following press release from the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association.

zphga-logo-1__previewOn the 2nd of August 2015 the Ministry of Environment imposed a temporary suspension of lion, leopard and elephant hunting in Zimbabwe. The goal was to gain clarity and understand the positions of stakeholders positions following the recent allegedly illegal killing of two lions near Hwange National Park. Continue reading Zimbabwe Lifts Temporary Ban on Lion, Leopard and Elephant Hunting

ZAMBIA LIFTS BAN ON HUNTING


SCI Member Tony Williams with his Record Book Zambian Roan antelope.
SCI Member Tony Williams with his Record Book Zambian Roan antelope.

Washington D.C. – Today, Zambian Tourism and Arts Minister, Jean Kapata, announced that the ban on hunting, which was enacted in January 2013, has been lifted.

Safari Club International (SCI) and SCI Foundation maintained that the ban was counter- Continue reading ZAMBIA LIFTS BAN ON HUNTING

The Truth in the Tooth – Using Science to Judge Lion Ages in the Field


huntforevertruthtoothNiceMaleLionTen years ago, a seminal scientific paper suggested that lion hunting could be conducted sustainably if only lion males over a minimum age of five years were targeted. Recognizing that field aging of wild lions is difficult and in order to buffer against selection error, the ideal minimum was conservatively raised to six years. And so, the concept of age-based trophy selection to promote sustainable lion hunting was born. Continue reading The Truth in the Tooth – Using Science to Judge Lion Ages in the Field