War on Poaching Not Won by Boots on the Ground Alone

Over the last decade we’ve witnessed a discouraging surge in poaching, but we’ve also seen a recent wave of investment in rhino conservation efforts. Despite the increase in funding for anti-poaching, a new study by the Zoological Society of London and South Africa’s Ezemvolo KZN Wildlife suggests that foot patrols, the boots on the ground …

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 …

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 …

Economic Contributions of Hunting Tourism in Africa

A study recently conducted for SCI Foundation by Southwick Associates, “The Economic Contributions of Hunting-Related Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa,” measured the size of hunting-related tourism’s contributions to the local, national, and regional economies of eight African nations between 2012 and 2014. The study reveals that in-country spending per hunter in Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, …

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, …

Water Key for Tanzania’s Hippos and Ruaha Ecosystem

On Tuesday people around the globe celebrated World Water Day – a day designated by the United Nations as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of water to the health of humans and the environment. By Dr. Douglas McCauley, University of California Santa Barbara Hippopotamus have an obligate dependence on water – that is …

Death of Pilot Highlights Tanzania’s Struggle with Poaching

The world of conservation was shocked last week by the death of helicopter pilot, Roger Gower. Mr. Gower was shot and killed while conducting an anti-poaching surveillance over Tanzania’s Maswa Game Reserve. This tragedy adds to the list of recent poaching related deaths in Tanzania. At least five people connected to the incident have already …

Weekly Update: Tanzania Ruaha Buffalo Project

Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park is one of Africa’s largest national parks, roughly the size of the state of New Jersey. Ruaha’s many African buffalo, sometimes referred to as Cape buffalo, within the park are source populations for surrounding game reserves. Commercial and local community owned safari companies generate substantial revenue from hunting the iconic species. …

2015 Conservation Success Stories

2015 has been a challenging year for conservation. That’s why SCI Foundation would like to highlight some of our success stories and thank you for helping to make them possible this year. In North America, SCI Foundation’s program targets numerous species across many different states and provinces. Our research provides the science needed to improve …