SCI Foundation has a long history of working in southern and eastern Africa on anti-poaching, investing more than $300,000 since 2010. Our work has supported government agencies, community conservancies, and academic institutions in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, focusing on capacity building and increasing the effectiveness of anti-poaching operations at scale.
Investments have most recently been made in two regions of highest conservation need – Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve and conservancies in northwest Namibia.
The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest and oldest protected areas in the world designated a World Heritage Site for its diversity of wildlife and untouched landscapes. Selous is perhaps the most iconic African safari destination, home to large herds of elephant, a small but critical population of black rhino, thousands of African buffalo, and East Africa’s largest lion population. Poaching over the last decade has seriously undermined the reserve’s conservation status and elephant populations have declined dramatically.
SCI Foundation is now supporting the College of African Wildlife Management Mweka’s advanced training program in Selous that incorporates technology in operational strategy to increase the efficiency of patrols and the use of financial resources. The college is a pioneer institution in advancing wildlife management in Africa, having trained over 5,000 graduates from 52 countries, representing wildlife managers all across Africa.
Namibia is a stronghold for wildlife and a sustainable use success story, thanks to the country’s community-based conservation structure and NACSO, the Namibian Association of Conservancy Support Organizations. Unfortunately, poachers are moving in from neighboring regions, posing a high-risk threat to northwest Namibia’s conservancies home to a vitally important population of black rhino and desert-adapted elephants. SCI Foundation’s support will go to training game scouts in this area’s conservancies to respond to the evolving poaching threats.
Please consider making a donation to SCI and SCI Foundation’s Endanger Poaching program here http://endangerpoaching.org.
SCI Foundation also supports local SCI Chapter initiatives on law enforcement in the United States and Canada, as well as major projects in Central Asia that engage communities in anti-poaching efforts.