The Hunter Proud Foundation is an important partner of Conservation Force because of the videos it has made over the past decade for distribution at CITES and as general educational tools. This past year was no exception. The Hunter Proud Foundation made an exceptional video on white rhino conservation with the invaluable assistance of PHASA and Ian Player. Conservation Force then distributed the DVD to all delegates at CITES CoP16 in March in Bangkok, Thailand. Entitled The White Rhino – A Conservation Success Story, the DVD can be viewed at www.conservationforce.org/whiterhinovideo.html. Though Zig Mackintosh of Osprey Filming Company is listed as the Producer and I am listed as the Director, the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) played a key role in the production. PHASA is now taking the educational effort to a new level. PHASA reports that they are making a sequel to the first rhino DVD.
This past year, the Hunter Proud Foundation also produced an educational DVD on the status of the African lion, The Fate of the African Lion, and provided it to the USF&WS for its consideration in the 12-month ESA determination that is ongoing. This is the second African lion DVD, as the first under the same title was produced for Conservation Force’s use and distribution at the CITES CoP in 2004 to defeat Kenya’s proposal to list all African lion on Appendix I of CITES.
This year, the Hunter Proud Foundation’s DVD on the ESA impediments to recovery of the Suleiman markhor in the Torghar Project Area in Pakistan, The Suleiman Markhor: A Dream Deferred, played a huge role in furthering our petition and resultant USFWS proposal to downlist those markhor.
We tried to credit the Hunter Proud Foundation in Conservation Force’s End of the Year Report mailed in December, but it was described as “Hunters Pride” due to a typo. Moreover, there was too little room to give the 501(c)(3) foundation the credit it is due.
All the videography is performed by Osprey Filming Company, which was providing these educational and advocacy DVDs for Conservation Force even before incorporation of the Hunter Proud Foundation, such as Tembo: Use or Lose prepared for an earlier CITES CoP. Zig Mackintosh (www.ospreyfilming.com; email contact firstname.lastname@example.org) has been the man behind the scenes from the inception. The board of the Hunter Proud Foundation is made up of real hunter-heroes and reads like the who’s who of the hunting world today. That includes Chairman Brook F. Minx, Ralph Cunningham (Past President of SCI and the Houston Safari Club), Byron Sadler and Dennis Anderson (Past President of SCI). There is little doubt that those board members provide the largest share of the support of the Hunters Proud Foundation.
For more information on this important foundation, see its website at www.hunterproud.com. To make tax-deductible donations, contact Brook Minx at email@example.com. Thank them for the first-class job they have been doing. There are no educational DVDs of like kind, quality or focus. The Foundation has been an invaluable partner to Conservation Force for more than a decade.