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 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 …

“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 …

Anti-poaching in Namibia: Helping Communities Protect Their Wildlife

Few countries are as committed to conservation and hunting as Namibia. Which is why SCI Foundation is proud to partner with Namibia on an exciting new anti-poaching project to help secure its rhinos, elephants, lions and other high-value species. Sub-Saharan Africa remains at the forefront of the current global poaching epidemic, and Namibia unfortunately has …

IUCN Session: Does Hunting Have a Future?

This week, SCI Foundation is in Hawaii participating in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, a meeting of the world’s leading scientific experts held every four years. This is SCI Foundation’s first time representing the sustainable use community at IUCN, after just being accepted as a new member organization. SCI …

SCI Foundation Joins the Wild Harvest Initiative

SCI Foundation has recently partnered with Conservation Visions Inc. and committed to supporting the ongoing Wild Harvest Initiative (WHI). The initiative is a collaborative effort among the hunting and wildlife conservation community to estimate the nutritional and economic value of recreational wild protein harvest across all of North America. The WHI is the first attempt …

SCI Chapters Contribute to Conservation

With another year of matching grants funded, SCI Foundation is supporting a diverse array of SCI Chapter projects. SCI is built upon a network of chapters that work to further the Foundation’s mission. These chapters often partner with their local state agencies or research universities to sponsor on-the-ground conservation initiatives. Through these efforts, many wildlife …

CITES Issue: Wood Bison

SCI and SCI Foundation (collectively Safari Club) are addressing several of the key issues surrounding the upcoming 2017 CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this fall in Johannesburg, South Africa, in an ongoing “CITES Issues” blog series. This week’s article focuses on a positive proposal on a species that also highlights our successful wildlife conservation …

SCI Foundation Attends NAFWS Conference

Staff from the SCI Foundation’s Conservation program attended the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society’s (NAFWS) 34th annual conference last week in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The meeting was hosted by the Oneida Nation, which provided attendees with delicious meals of bison and walleye from the tribe’s farm. SCI Foundation has partnered with several Native American …

Mongolia Declares New Protected Area for Snow Leopards

In a victory for snow leopard conservation, the government of Mongolia has officially created a new nature reserve. Mongolia’s Parliament declared the Tost Mountains a State Protected Area earlier this month on April 14th. Tost is the site of the world’s most comprehensive long-term snow leopard research study. Led by the Snow Leopard Trust, this project tracked …