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 …

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 …

SCI Foundation Takes On Mountain Goat Conservation in Russia

East Caucasian tur are glassed and counted, with each observation recorded from a vantage point on top of a rocky ridge. The mountain-dwelling caprine are not being hunted, but rather studied for scientific research that will inform the management and conservation of these rugged wild goats. A collaborative research team, representing the Russian Academy of …

The Return of Desert Bighorn Sheep to Arizona Mountaintops

Sheep hunters are some of the most passionate outdoorsmen and valuable conservationists in the world. As Vance Corigan says in a February 2017 New York Times article “people who pay $300,000 for one tag just paid to recover 30 sheep to places that haven’t had sheep in 100 years.”   This year SCI Foundation and …

Invasive Feral Hogs Threaten Habitat, Wildlife, Agriculture, Health

Whether hunted by Jeep or helicopter, with AR-15s or spears, feral hogs are no new game to American sportsmen. However, after decades of spread throughout the U.S. this invasive species continues to menace private landowners and public agencies. Research in the state of Michigan is quantifying just how destructive feral hogs can be to habitat, …

“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 …

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 …

Pre-CITES Win: Polar Bears Off CoP17 Agenda

Anti-Hunting Groups Strike Out with Polar Bear Science Something big is missing from the CITES agenda at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this month in Johannesburg. In an early win for Safari Club and for the first time in years of debate, polar bears will not be discussed on the CITES floor. Fighting anti-hunting …

The Science Behind Sustainable Use

“How can you hunt an endangered species?” Members of the public frequently pose this question to wildlife biologists. The answer, quite simply, lies in a concept referred to as sustainable use. Sustainable use means harvesting the annual surplus while leaving enough adults to replenish the population. The anti-hunting community frequently cites numbers of animals hunted …