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: The Snow Leopard Trust

SCI Foundation partnered with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) in 2014. SLT is researching snow leopards in South Gobi, Mongolia and determining more effective methods for predator-proofing livestock corrals against snow leopard attacks. A snow leopard preys on large mammals, such as ibex, with a kill occurring once every 10 to 15 days. That is …

Wood Bison Management Plan

SCI Foundation is thrilled to announce that we are only one month away from reintroducing wood bison into the Alaska wild. We finally have the opportunity to witness the culmination of our conservation efforts spread over a decade of time. We’ve surmounted hurdles with the Endangered Species Act, Environmental Impact Statements for the release sites, …

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 …

Issue of the Week: Are Policies Backed By Science?

Is science being used to make important decisions in wildlife management?  Well…yes and no. Scientific information is part of the process in making decisions, but emotions run high when more prominent creatures are involved and judgments become clouded. Science tends to be foremost when dealing with say… fish, but animals that stir childhood attachments such …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FOR SCI AND SCI FOUNDATION IT’S ALL OVER AND WE BATTED 1000! The CoP16 raced ahead of schedule and all of the issues of interest to SCI and the SCI Foundation concluded today.  They are all in the win column! Lion: SCI and the SCI Foundation prevented any bans or reductions of trophy exports and got …

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 …