Marco Polo Sheep Face New Threats

For 8 years, SCI Foundation has sponsored cutting-edge surveys and studies on Marco Polo Sheep, perhaps the most iconic species in one of the most remarkable places on earth. This ongoing study has three goals, develop models of present-day and potential future distributions of suitable environmental conditions for argali in the eastern Tajikistan mountains, compare …

SCI Foundation Visits New Predator-Prey Project in the Field

After a four-hour early morning drive from SCI Foundation’s Washington, DC office on Capitol Hill, we found ourselves on the top of a steep ridge miles into the thick and thorny woods on our hands and knees. We had traced the coordinates of a GPS-collared young male black bear to this exact location and were …

Conservation on the Urban Landscape

When most people think of conservation, it evokes images of remote wilderness. The idea that conservation only takes place in nature untouched by man is not necessarily the case, however, as human populations continue to encroach on wildlife habitat. Urban wildlife research is a newly emerging sector of conservation biology, focusing on densely populated areas …

Issue of the Week: India’s Leopard Population on the Decline

Last week we discussed how population growth in Africa is negatively impacting wildlife through habitat encroachment and increased human-wildlife conflict. These problems, though heightened in Africa due to its dramatic growth rate, are not confined to its borders. Similar problems are seen in India. A new study shows an 80 percent decrease in India’s leopard …