The idea of killing an individual animal to preserve a species is a hard one for many people to grasp, especially to an ever increasingly urban-based demographic dominating social media and the popular culture. But, many experts, even outside of the industry, agree with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an internationally recognized organization that sets the conservation statuses for species, guiding principal that “Well-managed trophy hunting can provide both revenue and incentives for people to conserve and restore wild populations, maintain areas of land for conservation, and protect wildlife from poaching.” Continue reading Hunting is Conservation – Settling the Debate
Editor’s Note: On Fridays we dig into the extensive archives of Safari Magazine and dust off a story from a past issue. This week, we go back to one of the earliest issues of Safari and to an article on elephant hunting by Safari Club International Founder, C.J. McElroy. This article originally appeared in the Fall 1971 issue of Safari Magazine.
“Hit em right,” Bob Foster was saying, “and you won’t have any trouble.” Continue reading Flashback Friday – Big Thicket Elephants
The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) offered condolences following the tragic accident on April 15, 2015.
“It is with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of Zimbabwe professional hunter Ian Gibson,” PHASA reported. “Gibbo was tragically killed by an elephant bull yesterday while guiding an elephant hunt in Chewore North, Zimbabwe. He was one of the finest professionals in Africa and will fondly be remembered as a great friend and safari companion.
“As PHASA management and members we extend our sincere condolences to his family. You are in our prayers.”
When thoughts turn to hunting Africa, one of the indisputable images that comes to mind is invariably one of a charging elephant with ears flaring and trumpeting his rage at being disturbed. While the lion has been called the king of beasts, it is the elephant that rules the African veldt. Modern management techniques and sound biological science, keep populations in many African nations at huntable numbers, but poaching and well intentioned mismanagement still pose a threat. Here are the SCI Record Book Top Ten African Elephant entries.