SCI’s Seminar on the Recent African Lion Listing Provided Insight into the Future of Lion Importation


On February 6, 2016, Safari Club International held an informational seminar at its Convention about the recent African lion Endangered Species Act listing. The seminar, entitled “What Were They Thinking? – the African Lion Rule,” gave SCI members a chance to learn about recent developments concerning importing legally hunted lions from Africa. With rumors swirling … Continue reading

Sullivan Amendment Would Halt FWS Alaska Hunting Regulations


WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, today successfully added an amendment to S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, prohibiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from implementing a recently proposed rule that preempts state management of fish, … Continue reading

SCI Needs Your Help – USFWS Proposes Troubling New Rules for Alaska Wildlife Refuges


On January 8, 2016, the FWS published proposed changes to the rules that apply to hunting and wildlife management on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Among other things, these proposed regulations attempt to make “natural and biological diversity” a chief consideration in the management of refuge wildlife and the authorization of recreational and subsistence hunting … Continue reading

Do You Have a Lion Hunt Planned?


All SCI members are probably aware by now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the African lion under the Endangered Species Act and will be requiring permits for the importation of lions harvested after January 21, 2016. (Go here and here for SCI’s posts regarding the listing.) To understand the impact that … Continue reading

U.S. Will List African Lion and Will Require Permits for Trophy Importation


On December 21, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a final rule to list African lions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The rule, which was published in the Federal Register on December 23, 2015 lists African lions as two separate subspecies –Panthera leo leo, found in western and central Africa, and … Continue reading

SCI Applauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision Not to List Greater Sage Grouse


SCI is pleased with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s September 22 announcement that the greater sage grouse does not need federal protections across its 11-state western range and will not be proposed for listing as an endangered or threatened species. In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) found that proposing a rule … Continue reading

SCI Files New Lawsuit to Challenge 2015 Zimbabwe Elephant Importation Ban


SCI, together with the NRA, has filed a second lawsuit concerning the importation of elephants from Africa. This latest lawsuit challenges a March 26, 2015 decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to continue its ill-advised ban on the importation of elephants from Zimbabwe for 2015 and beyond. The FWS first banned the … Continue reading

SCI Needs Your Help – Elephant Hunting in Zimbabwe


SCI is preparing to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to continue the ban on importation of legally sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe for 2015 and beyond.  We need information regarding the impacts of the importation ban. Did you cancel your hunt in 2014 or 2015? Do you plan to cancel an upcoming hunt in … Continue reading



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has approved permits required for the importation of two sport-hunted black rhinoceroses from Namibia. After receiving more than 15,000 public comments regarding the permit applications, the FWS maintained its conclusion that the Namibian black rhino hunting program benefits the conservation of the species. The FWS first recognized the … Continue reading



Safari Club International is deeply disappointed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) announcement yesterday that it will continue the ban on the importation of sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe for the rest of 2015.  The FWS first imposed an importation ban on sport-hunted elephants from Zimbabwe in April 2014. Yesterday’s decision will continue the … Continue reading

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