SCI Foundation is dedicated to funding the research used to generate science-based conservation strategies worldwide. For decades, we have put boots on-the-ground in Africa, working with top biologists to understand the most pressing wildlife conservation issues. The science collected in the past decade through extensive research projects partnered with African government officials suggests that the African lion is NOT on the brink of extinction, and should not therefore be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Our organization strives to be "First for Wildlife" and certainly first for lions. We have conducted multiple lion surveys across southern Africa and are funding two long term lion research projects. We hope to educate the public on this controversial matter and explain how an endangered species listing will do nothing but cause further harm to African wildlife and African communities.
The Endangered Species Act will not stop African lions from being hunted. It only ensures that less Americans will travel to do so, and in their absence, hunters from other countries will fill the void. This drop in American tourism will severely decrease revenue across multiple countries, increase unemployment numbers, and take funding away from anti-poaching efforts.
SCI Foundation is fighting to save lions. We can do this by depending on the science that is so often overshadowed by political and emotional agendas. We ask you to support us in our endeavor to save lions with science and join the fight for lions.
In Major Setback for Anti-Hunting Efforts, FWS Rejects Attempts to Stop Lion Hunting
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rejected the claim that the African lion merited listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. After a long and comprehensive review of the species status, which included information from the foremost lion researchers in the world, the FWS concluded that the African lion simply is not on the brink of extinction and did not merit listing as an endangered species.
The FWS concluded "[s]port-hunting was not found to be a threat to the species at this time." This conclusion is a blow to the anti-hunting rhetoric put forward by organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States and International Fund for Animal Welfare. The FWS's conclusion contradicts the assertions made by these anti-hunting organizations in the petition they filed with FWS to have the lion listed as endangered. The on the ground facts and the science simply did not support their position.
Throughout the years SCI Foundation has worked with top biologists, conservationists, and members of the African government to provide the best research for lion management, take a look at our efforts and learn more about the on-the-ground work being done to save the African lion.
Since 2000, the SCI Foundation has provided $60 million to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society around the world. Growth of SCI Foundation has continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. Throughout the world, SCI's approximately 190 chapters contribute time, talent, and financial support to local, national, and international projects.