Potential for certification of hunting operators to improve the conservation role of trophy hunting in Africa P.A. Lindsey, R.R. Alexander, L.G. Frank, A. Mathieson, S.S. Romañach & R. Woodroffe.
P.A. Lindsey, R.R. Alexander, L.G. Frank, A. Mathieson, S.S. Romañach & R. Woodroffe
We found that clients are generally less willing to hunt under conditions where conservation objectives might be compromised than operators believed:
Figure 2. Willingness of clients to hunt under various conditions, and operators perceptions of clients’ willingness to hunt (* where trophy animals are released onto a property immediately prior to a hunt)
4. A survey of internet advertisements by hunting operators
Most advertising relies heavily on depiction of trophies
Few operators mention size of area, fencing status, wilderness qualities to area or advertise features of biodiversity other than those related to trophies
Few operators advertise contributions to conservation or community development (though virtually all claim to make some such contributions)
Thus inexperienced clients are probably unable to select among operators in terms of issues related to conservation
5. Potential for certification to boost conservation role of trophy hunting
Clients are concerned with experiencing wilderness and aspects of biodiversity other than those related to trophies.
They are also less willing to hunt under conditions where conservation objectives are compromised than operators think.
If hunting operators were scored in terms of their commitment to conservation and community development, our data suggest that clients would select for certified operators.
Certification could thus create incentives for operators to hunt in a “conservation friendly” manner
3. A survey of attitudes of hunting clients (n=150) and hunting
What factors are important to clients when purchasing hunts?
Figure 1. Importance of various factors to clients when selecting a hunting area, and operators perceptions of the importance of each factor (0=low importance, 5=high importance)
In addition to quality trophies, clients desire large, wilderness hunting areas,
and to experience aspects of biodiversity not related to hunting
Large hunting areas (p=0.06), a wilderness feel to the hunting area
(p<0.01), and the potential to view cheetahs (p< 0.01) were more important
to clients than operators realize
Conversely, a guarantee of obtaining the trophy during the hunt was less
important to clients than operators thought (p=0.02).
87% of clients would be more likely to buy a hunt if a proportion of
proceeds went to local communities
Next, we looked at the willingness of clients to hunt under conditions
potentially detrimental to conservation objectives