Actually, African Elephants Are Not on The Verge of Extinction

Few species are as iconic as the African elephant, the world’s largest terrestrial mammal. With long lifespans, high intelligence, and complex social structures, elephants evoke powerful emotions in people. Long pursued for their ivory, elephants have been increasingly exploited in recent years by certain environmental groups that rely on them for fundraising. We are inundated …

DRYING RUAHA RIVER POSSIBLY CONTRIBUTES TO BUFFALO DECLINE

African buffalo, also known as Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), are an extremely valuable species to hunters as one of Africa’s traditional “Big Five” game species. So when reports started coming in of buffalo declines occurring in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, everyone became concerned. In 2014, SCI Foundation partnered with the Health for Animals and Livelihood …

Local Conservation Projects Supported by SCI Chapters

Many SCI Chapters support conservation projects all around the world. SCI Foundation doubles the impact by awarding matching grants to these local efforts, increasing our on the ground footprint and diversity of conservation work. These projects range in scope from popular game species in SCI members’ backyards to anti-poaching operations and partnerships with state agencies …

Anti-Poaching in Namibia: Helping Communities Protect Their Wildlife

Few countries are as committed to conservation and hunting as Namibia. Which is why SCI Foundation is proud to partner with Namibia on an exciting new anti-poaching project to help secure its rhinos, elephants, lions and other high-value species. Sub-Saharan Africa remains at the forefront of the current global poaching epidemic, and Namibia unfortunately has …

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 …

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 …

Building Capacity for Wildlife Research in Uganda

Across the Kidepo Valley a hunter glasses spiral horns through thick brush. The stalk is on for the elusive Grey Ghost of Africa. You are in the bush on a classic East Africa safari in the historic Karamoja region. This wilderness is one of the most remote, inaccessible and ecologically intact areas of Uganda, and …

CITES Issue: African Elephant

During the last couple of months, SCI and SCI Foundation have blogged about issues that are particularly relevant for hunters and will be addressed at the upcoming CITES 17th Conference of the Parties.  Previous blog topics include African lion, wood bison, secret ballot voting, and cape mountain zebra.  This week’s post is about another iconic …

Community-Based Hunting Programs are Driving Force for Markhor Recovery in Pakistan

Deep in the tribal territories of northern Pakistan, a group of village elders meets with bearded foreigners carrying rifles. They discuss recent conflicts in the region while looking at topographic maps, plotting access into some of the world's most remote mountain passes. No, this isn’t a Navy SEALs movie; it’s a hunting story. The foreigners …

SCI Chapters Contribute to Conservation

With another year of matching grants funded, SCI Foundation is supporting a diverse array of SCI Chapter projects. SCI is built upon a network of chapters that work to further the Foundation’s mission. These chapters often partner with their local state agencies or research universities to sponsor on-the-ground conservation initiatives. Through these efforts, many wildlife …