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 …

“Ghost of Africa” Documented in Northern Uganda

There can be no greater way to fight poverty, poaching, and habitat degradation in Uganda than to empower local Ugandans every day.  Villagers living in northern Uganda have always hunted for food, others are engaged in agriculture, however new sources of income are being offered by the Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros cottoni) and what is …

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 …

Mongolia Declares New Protected Area for Snow Leopards

In a victory for snow leopard conservation, the government of Mongolia has officially created a new nature reserve. Mongolia’s Parliament declared the Tost Mountains a State Protected Area earlier this month on April 14th. Tost is the site of the world’s most comprehensive long-term snow leopard research study. Led by the Snow Leopard Trust, this project tracked …

Issue of the Week: Monarchs and Milkweed

A massive fall migration has been occurring right under our noses in North America. It is not the typical talk of geese or caribou, which are known to travel thousands of miles between summer and wintering grounds. We’re talking about Monarch butterflies. In early fall, newly emerged monarch butterflies migrate up to 3000 miles to …