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 …

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 …

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 …

Weekly Update: Tajikistan Sheep Project Publishes New Paper

In 2010, SCI Foundation partnered with the Tajikistan government to begin monitoring the Marco Polo argali (wild sheep) population in the Pamir Mountains. The second phase of the project involves using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assess the habitat and food availability to argali.  Researchers are looking at the different types of vegetation and their …

Weekly Update: Argali Sheep Population Abundant in Tajikistan

In 2010, SCI Foundation partnered with the Tajikistan government to begin monitoring the Marco Polo argali (sheep) population in the Pamir Mountains.   Monitoring of argali over several years has provided population trend data that has been able to show that the Marco Polo argali population is stable in Tajikistan. The second phase of the project …

Weekly Update: Marco Polo Sheep Project Begins Phase Two

In the summer of 2010, SCI Foundation initiated a Marco Polo Sheep Project in Tajikistan.  We partnered with the Tajikistan government to complete a wild sheep population survey in the Pamir Mountains and continue monitoring sheep over several years to understand population trends. The survey was made a high priority when Tajikistan canceled wild sheep …

Tajikistan Marco Polo Sheep Project Report

Photo courtesy of Bryan Martin By: Raul Valdez Few big game animals have had as much fame among the hunting fraternity as has the Marco Polo sheep or argali.  In the history of wild sheep hunting, Marco Polo’s argali is unique for it was considered a mythical creature and one the greatest mysteries in the …