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 …

No More Crying Wolf in Washington

“Where winter wolves bark amid wastes of snow and ice-clad trees.” (Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.” 1855.) For almost eighty years wolves were absent from the Cascade Mountains. In 2008, gray wolves began recolonizing the northwestern United States and reestablishing packs in Washington. Four years later, the University of Washington, the USDA Forest Service, and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Grizzly Bears and the Whitebark Pine

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially proposed to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear population from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), for the second time. The population stands at about 700 bears and its recovery is being hailed as one of America’s great conservation successes. However, the future of …

3 Endangered Cats You Probably Don’t Know

Last week, we introduced 4 endangered wild dog species to you. Like canines, cats are iconic predators that play important roles in their ecosystems. Many of the well-known Big Cat species are at risk of extinction. Snow leopards, Asiatic cheetahs and tigers are all listed as Endangered by IUCN or International Union for Conservation of …

Michigan Recognizes SCI Foundation on White-tailed Deer Research

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission adopted a resolution on February 11, 2016, commending years of research supported by SCI Foundation showing that white-tailed deer survival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) region is dependent on suitable wintering habitat. As a result of these findings, the state is now moving to improve the UP’s winter deer habitat …

Conservation Auction Tags at SCI Convention

The Conservation Tag Auction is in just two weeks! SCI Foundation is hoping to break our fundraising goal with this auction at the 2016 SCI Convention. Proceeds generated go directly to tribal natural resource agencies to conduct research and management projects in the field. Read last week’s First for Wildlife post for more information on …