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Dallas Safari Club to Host Lion-Aging Seminar

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Dallas, TX -( Tanzanian wildlife officials are partnering with the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) to teach hunting guides how to field-judge and age African lions.

Science shows that hunting older male lions has no long-term effect on the sustainability of lion populations. A special seminar, featuring top lion researchers, outfitters and other stakeholders, will be held in Arusha before the start of the next hunting season.

Through education, the partners hope to encourage a more selective harvest. That, in turn, could bolster both the numbers of lions and lion hunters – as well as the overall economic benefits that legal hunting brings to Tanzania. Lazaro Nyalandu, minister of Tanzania Natural Resources and Tourism, selected DSC to coordinate and host the seminar.

“The express purpose is teaching guides to better recognize age characteristics of lions, which can differ by region and even by habitat type,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. “Better-informed guides will translate to better hunter compliance with science-based regulations that promote harvest of older, fully mature, non-pride lions.”

Tanzania was the first country to implement a six-year minimum age for exporting lion trophies. A 2013 amendment to that law allows the export of younger specimens, but creates a graduated penalty system for shooting lions less than six.

In 2013, DSC began broadly promoting the ideal huntable male lion as “at least six years of age and not known to head a pride or be part of a coalition heading a pride with dependent cubs.” More than 70 major safari operators and industry leaders pledged support. So did the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation.

Educational seminars are the logical next step, says Carter.

“Minister Nyalandu is new to his position and we’re impressed by his strong conservation ethic, vision and knowledgeable support of sustainable hunting,” he said.

DSC has long funded and supported scientific research on African lions. Understanding population dynamics is one of many projects supported by DSC grants to advance conservation, education and hunter advocacy worldwide.

About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)

Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at

  • 6 User comments to “Tanzania, Dallas Safari Club to Host Lion-Aging Seminar”

    1. William Huard on August 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM said:

      Gee whizz- what would wildlife populations do without those fake sportsmen/canned hunters in Safari Club? Don’t go through this fake attempt at conservation. Lions will be listed as an endangered species in a year and you fake hunters won’t be importing lion trophies. Meanwhile- how is that SCI corruption scandal working out?

    2. Harish Parekh on August 28, 2014 at 4:22 AM said:

      What conservation? Bullsh#t! Murderes,Tanzania is selling it’s soul for money. Trophy hunters, cowards, hunting with a gun makes them real men? There will no lions no wildlife for you all to hunt soon, finish what lions there are and take their heads back home to prove to your wives what you killed. Innocent animals you can kill. Makes you proud being men? Sickos. IP address:

    3. Laura culber on August 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM said:

      ******Got to love the haters*********
      What an absolute crock of sh1t! How stupid do you think real people are?! You might fool your idiotic friends (or buy them) but the real humans people with real humanity know it’s your sick evil egos! This is nothing to do with conservation! Nothing! You just want to kill innocent animals , when you should stand in awe of them, how they survive drought, disease, loss of habitat, your are destroying the worlds most iconic wild animals for your sick pleasure! admit that is what you are,sick , evil cruel cowards or man up and put down your guns!

    4. Chris Gleefag on August 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM said:

      Haha, go back to Facebook, sign your worthless petitions, continue being keyboard warriors, and those of us who actually care will continue to give our time and money to true conservation efforts. Until you’ve put your boots on the ground in real Africa(not the tourist trap parks) you have no clue what challenges wildlife truly faces in Africa. Hunters are the only ones in these marginal areas doing any conservation work, I guarantee none of you would travel to Africa to see the areas hunters go to. Without hunters these areas are inevitably cleared for agricultural or other uses. When you keyboard warriors pony up the millions of dollars needed every year to protect these marginal areas and stop being hypocrites you can start calling for an end to hunting, until then leave the conservation work to those who actually have a clue.

    5. Chris take your gun *** NO PERSONAL ATTACKS ALLOWED***, your reasoning is a sick joke and the only reason why trophy hunters even go to Africa is because 1) they’re always in groups and 2) they’re armed with a ***TERMS OF SERVICE VIOLATION*** gun. You are a ***TERMS OF SERVICE VIOLATION*** with no conscience whatsoever. “People” like you are a plague to the Earth who make Hitler look like a saint. The only thing that’s keeping you from getting ***TERMS OF SERVICE VIOLATION*** in some filthy African prison is money and corruption, and the only thing that separates you from poachers is the fact that you’re doing this for fun, since you already got too much many and time on your hands anyway. You are nowhere near in the position to call anyone hypocrite ***TERMS OF SERVICE VIOLATION***, the only thing you’re good at is making up laughable excuses to justify your casual killing spree. Just how dense can you possibly get? You are a *** NO PERSONAL ATTACKS ALLOWED*** no brains, no guts, no empathy, no values. I sincerely hope *** NO PERSONAL ATTACKS ALLOWED*** gets stomped on by an elephant, that a rhino disembowels your beer belly with its’ horn, or that a lion mutulates you before shredding you into pieces. In any case you’re*** NO PERSONAL ATTACKS ALLOWED***and they should feed you to the crocs. A horrible death awaits you, I can only hope to be there when it happens. Posted by IP Address:

    6. Tod Blane on August 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM said:

      Great job AmmoLand on calling out and exposing the anti hunting comment trolls, by displaying their personal IP addresses for everyone to trace and track. You can see “le me” is from from or near Wetteren, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium by tracing his IP. Anther great way to screw anti conservation haters.

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