SCI Foundation Takes On Mountain Goat Conservation in Russia

East Caucasian tur are glassed and counted, with each observation recorded from a vantage point on top of a rocky ridge. The mountain-dwelling caprine are not being hunted, but rather studied for scientific research that will inform the management and conservation of these rugged wild goats. A collaborative research team, representing the Russian Academy of …

Saving the Marco Polo Sheep Using NASA Technology and Hunting

“Trophy hunting may be the best economic incentive to initiate wildlife conservation programs in some countries because it affords an immediate income with minimum investment.”  (Lewis and Alpert 1997, Lovelock 2008, IUCN Species Survival Commission 2012). SCI Foundation is proud of our longest running project in Asia, as it goes into its 7th year of …

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 …

SCI Foundation Conservation Highlights

Since 2000, SCI Foundation has funded over 80 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries. From white-tailed deer in your own backyard to African lions on the Serengeti plains, our research provides the the most accurate science to conserve species, improve habitat and support sustainable use management. To find out more, read our new Conservation Highlights HERE. This Conservation Highlights …

Species Recovery Stories – Thanks to Hunting!

There are two places in the world where conservation has been especially successful – North America and southern Africa.  In both regions, sustainable use hunting plays a vital role in wildlife management. Contrary to what the anti-hunting community portrays, the science behind sustainable use can stimulate population growth while providing the necessary revenue and incentive …

A Song of Ivory and Fire: Why destruction of ivory stockpiles might not be a good idea

As Kenya prepares to destroy its entire wildlife products stockpile--an estimated 100 or more tons of elephant ivory, rhino horn and parts from other species--at the end of April, some are welcoming this move as a bold display of defiance against trafficking of wildlife products. Billionaires, Hollywood celebrities, and other well-meaning but misinformed individuals are …

4 Endangered Dogs You’ve Never Heard Of

Canines are a diverse family of animals. Around the world, there are more endangered species of dogs than you may know. Here’s an interesting list of four species in trouble. Ethiopian Wolf The Ethiopian wolf is perhaps the most threatened canid species in the world and also unique in that it is the only wolf …

Positive Enhancement Finding for Argali in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently found that the importation of argali sheep hunted in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia in 2015 would enhance the survival of the species in each country. Enhancement findings are annually required for argali before import permits are issued. A positive enhancement finding essentially means that U.S. hunters participating …

Wild sheep monitoring in Mongolia

  Objective: To assist the government in developing a harvest quota for argali through the use of a reproducible monitoring program. Spring surveys were completed in 2012 & 2013 with a country-wide survey planned for this coming fall. Partners in this important work include: Grand Slam Ovis, Wild Sheep Foundation, the Mongolian Hunters Association and …