Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Comes Together Around White-Tailed Deer

The Michigan Predator-Prey Project has been SCI Foundation’s flagship North American conservation project for the last ten years. The Michigan DNR and Mississippi State University Carnivore Ecology Laboratory research team set out to discover why the Upper Peninsula’s white-tailed deer population did not recover after a large decline following 2 consecutive severe winters.  This work …

War on Poaching Not Won by Boots on the Ground Alone

Over the last decade we’ve witnessed a discouraging surge in poaching, but we’ve also seen a recent wave of investment in rhino conservation efforts. Despite the increase in funding for anti-poaching, a new study by the Zoological Society of London and South Africa’s Ezemvolo KZN Wildlife suggests that foot patrols, the boots on the ground …

Ground-Breaking Hippo Research in Tanzania’s Ruaha River

Few species are as evocative of Africa as the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious). Entirely dependent on healthy aquatic ecosystems, hippos were once widespread in every freshwater system in sub-Saharan Africa. But in recent years some hippo populations have gone into decline, largely as a result of changes to their habitat. Tanzania’s Great Ruaha River is the …

Black Bear Management in the Modern World

As I drive through the woods of Pennsylvania, I pass Civil War battlefields and old colonial era towns on my way from Washington, DC into black bear country. Bears are increasingly active across these Appalachian hills, as spring brings warmer weather, fresh green up, and newborn fawns. I’m headed to a small mountain town called …

Mountain Monarchs of Pakistan Make Recovery through Community-Based Conservation

SCI Foundation partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society on the Pakistan Markhor Project in 2016. The following is a progress update showing significant results from the last year. The markhor (Capra falconeri) is one of the largest and most spectacular members of the Caprinae or wild goat family. Markhor have huge, curling horns and despite …

Black Bear Recovery Helps Restore Healthy Missouri Forests

"This bear was an exceptional bear in my opinion. This was an awesome, awesome bear, a big black bear. He has a big white 'V', so he's got some distinguishing marks. He's an impressive creature, I think." "I'd say he's 500 pounds. I don't know how old he is, 8 maybe, but he's in his …

Kyrgyzstan Narrowly Rejects Hunting Ban

A bill to ban hunting in Kyrgyzstan was narrowly defeated by Parliament last week, 56 to 52. Members of the Kyrgyz Parliament argued that the proposed law would lead to increased poaching and lost revenue from foreign hunters. The bill would have banned all hunting until 2030 throughout the country, except for some regulated predator …

Kodiak Brown Bears Thrive on Sitkalidak Island

Native Americans and brown bears have coexisted in the Kodiak archipelago for thousands of years. Here in the western Gulf of Alaska, a rich coastal ecosystem and genetic isolation has led to the evolution of the legendarily large Kodiak brown bear subspecies. Hunting these famous bears is not only a spiritual experience, but provides Native …

Working Ranches Keep Habitat Intact for Greater Sage-Grouse

Arid prairie lands in the western United States are filled with sagebrush wildlife, but changes to this wide-open landscape have led to losses in migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse populations. Livestock grazing is the dominant land use shaping this steppe ecosystem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes that the interaction …