Tanzania Buffalo Project Investigates Disease and Herd Movement

As the most dangerous game in the Big Five, known in Africa as Black Death, the Cape buffalo is an important species economically. Until recently, large populations and dispersing herds of Cape, or African, buffalo within Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park were sources for the surrounding game reserves. Hunting operations outside the park generate substantial revenue …

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 …

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 …

CITES Issue: African Lion

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international treaty that regulates trade in wildlife. Two weeks ago, we started a “CITES Issues” blog series that will provide insight into specific issues that will be addressed at the upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) and are of importance …

Science Makes a Breakthrough in Aging African Lions

Washington, DC – Marking a breakthrough in lion conservation, scientists can now accurately age African lions with a significant degree of certainty. Researchers with the Zambia Lion Project recently released two scientific publications outlining an innovative method for estimating lion age within six months using teeth. “Accurate age estimation of African lions is urgently needed …

Wheels on the Ground Needed for Tanzania Lion Project

SCI Foundation needs your help to fund a high priority project need! A research vehicle with the Tanzania Lion Project recently suffered a mechanical failure in the field, leaving the project short a vehicle and causing the researchers to alter their survey methods. Importing replacement parts and repairing this Land Rover will take some time, …

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 …

Local Management Works for Zimbabwe Lions

Last year, one lion in Zimbabwe brought the role of hunting in wildlife conservation into the spotlight. Despite inflammatory reports to the contrary, Zimbabwe has a very successful model of lion management based primarily on sustainable lion hunting. Zimbabwe’s lion management has been so successful that many wildlife areas, supported entirely by revenue generated from …

Issue of the Week: Zambia Lifts Lion Hunting Ban

Zambia has officially lifted its ban on the hunting of lions and other big cats. The announcement was made by Zambia’s Minister of Tourism, Jean Kapata in Lusaka on May 15, 2015. Zapata stated at a Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) press conference that leopard hunting will resume during the 2015/2016 season with “cautionary quotas” and …

In Major Setback for Anti-Hunting Efforts; FWS Rejects Attempts to Stop Lion Hunting

For Immediate Release: October 27, 2014 Washington, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rejected the claim that the African lion merited listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.  After a long and comprehensive review of the species status, which included information from the foremost lion researchers in the …