Sustainable use hunting of lions is proven to provide a consistent incentive for the African people to tolerate lion populations that pose an otherwise unacceptable danger to them, their families and their livestock. Without the financial incentive generated from international hunters, an untold number of lions are poisoned and trapped in pre-emptive or retaliatory killings. Learn about how those who oppose the regulated hunting of lions are unwittingly helping to perpetuate this cycle that, left unchecked, is likely to lead to the annihilation of this truly majestic species.
Dr. Rosie Cooney’s work focuses on biodiversity conservation. She serves as Chair of The International Union for Conservation of Nature Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, a global network of almost 300 leading experts in sustainable use of wild resources.
Her work focuses strongly on seeking approaches that both meet human needs and conserve biodiversity. Rosie holds first class Honors degrees in Zoology and in Law from the Australian National University, and a PhD in Zoology from Cambridge.
Terry Anderson – October 29, 2015
How Hunting Saves Animals
In 2013, the Dallas Safari Club worked with Namibian wildlife officials to auction a hunt of a black rhino, the most endangered of the rhino species. They expected to raise as much as $1 million from the auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to rhino conservation efforts.
John Branch – Feb 2, 2017
The Ultimate Pursuit in Hunting: Sheep
Permits to hunt bighorn sheep are auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars — and that money has helped revive wild sheep populations and expand their territory.
Paul Bedard – Oct 11, 2016
Zuckerberg: Animals taste better ‘when you’ve hunted them yourself’
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants people who eat meat to hunt for their own food, or at least get familiar with where their dinner lives.
Shane Mahoney – September 22, 2016
Why Hunting Always Matters
Since our beginnings as a species, we have relied directly upon wild creatures for our survival. To sustain our lives and communities, it was inescapable that, like all natural phenomena, human beings would engage directly in the life-and-death struggles that mark the essential and irreducible truth of existence.
Shane Mahoney – Feb 10, 2017
Should We Have Trophy Hunting in North America?
Shane Mahoney discusses the role that selectively harvesting mature animals, commonly referred to as trophy hunting, has played in conservation efforts throughout North America.
Mikkel Legarth at TEDxCopenhagen – Oct 4, 2013
How the ban on lion hunting killed the lions
When it comes to animals, people’s behavior is usually driven by their emotions instead of facts and knowledge – it’s a behavior that can result in the exact opposite of what was intended.
Radiolab – September 07, 2015
The Rhino Hunter
Back in 2014, Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for a hunting trip to Namibia to shoot and kill an endangered species. He’s a professional hunter, who guides hunts all around the world, so going to Africa would be nothing new. The target on the other hand would be. And so too, he quickly found, would be the attention.
Damian Carrington – December 5, 2016
Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, says Cecil the lion scientist
Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, according to the Oxford University scientist who had studied Cecil the lion for years before the animal was killed by an American dentist.
Keith Aune, Glenn Plumb – October 27, 2016
The President Who Saved the American Bison
As the United States turned 100 on July 4, 1876, Theodore Roosevelt was nearing a milestone birthday of his own. Only a few months shy of 18, he’d seen his nation fulfill its original promise, maturing into a more functional form of democratic governance, perhaps most plainly—and painfully—reflected in the civil war that redefined the principles of freedom.
Africa Geographic Editorial – September, 14 2016
Ex secretary-general of CITES calls for conservationists to support sustainable use of wildlife
South Africa will soon play host to CoP17 – the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The fact that CITES’ 12-day global gathering is being held in the Southern African region is the best opportunity yet for the wider conservation community to free itself from the eco-colonialism that has taken hold of it, and embrace conservation rooted in the sustainable use of wildlife.
DSC, DSC Foundation, Frontline Foundation Fight Poaching
An article in The New York Times last fall highlighted the often forgotten dangers faced by individuals who put their lives at risk to help protect wildlife and end poaching in Africa.
DSC and DSCF’s response to the Leopard petition
DSC and DSCF to Fish and Wildlife: African Leopard Up-Listing Not Warranted
DSC and DSC Foundation (DSCF) have joined a long list of conservation and hunting groups in submitting a united and official comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) status review of the African leopard.
In Response to Responsive Management- Hunters’ Contributions to U.S. Wildlife Conservation
“Hunters do nothing for conservation”.
That is a quote from a comment on DSC Foundation’s post about lion hunting and lion conservation. We all immediately recognize the absurdity of the comment, but it is often the default retort from the anti-hunting crowd and too often we let it slide without rebuttal.
DSC, DSC Foundation Fight Poaching Through Grants For Aid, Training, Equipment
In 2016, Dallas Safari Club (DSC) and DSC Foundation (DSCF) have granted more than $100,000 for anti-poaching support, with more to come before year’s end.
What Exactly does Lion Hunting Contribute to Lion Conservation?
Hunters, and particularly international big game hunters, are frequently asked to explain the benefits of regulated hunting, especially in the context of threatened or endangered species. To be fair, the hunting community has been largely ineffective in gathering and disseminating data to support what we all know to be true. The focus on the hunting of the African lion has intensified given the species’ up listing to Appendix II of CITES and the announcement of the concept of enhancement requirements that must be satisfied before any lion trophy can be legally imported into the United States.
DSCF Grant Supports K9 Anti-Poaching Unit
DALLAS – DSC and DSC Foundation (DSCF) grants are once again going directly to funding conservation and anti-poaching activities for wildlife. DSC and DSCF granted funds to build and sustain the South African Rhino Protection Programme’s K9 unit, trained and housed at the South African Wildlife College (SAWC). The tracking dogs team with field rangers in finding and capturing suspected poachers.