Weekly Update: SCI Foundation Funds New Hampshire Moose Project

 Moose are of great economic, biological, and sociological importance in New England. This is especially true in northern New Hampshire, where a moose hunt is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and regional/local tourism is linked directly with moose. The annual estimated expenditures associated with New Hampshire wildlife-watching exceed $250 million, with moose being one of the main …

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 …

Issue of the Week: Community Involvement in Wildlife Conservation

Globally, over a billion rural people are dependent for some part of their livelihood on the use and trade of wild natural resources. In some areas, 25–40% of household income is being derived from wild resources.  These astounding realities are reported in a 2011 IUCN paper called “Raising Local Community Voices: CITES, Livelihoods and Sustainable …

Issue of the Week: Feral Swine Populations on the Rise

Domesticated pigs, or swine, were introduced to North America as a meat source for early settlers. While some pigs escaped their confines, others were released by earlier explorers to be a wandering food source. Either way, pigs began to establish populations and revert to a “wild” state, deemed as feral. Pigs are highly intelligent and …

Issue of the Week: Pittman-Robertson Act

States such as Michigan, Alaska and Texas have received millions of dollars for habitat restoration and wildlife conservation efforts. The source of this funding stems from a piece of legislation that, thanks to today’s sportsmen and women, is experiencing a major boost. Sadly, many are unaware of this law that generates billions for wildlife conservation, …

Namibia: A Model For Conservation

Last week, Senator Coon (D-DE) hosted a delegation from Namibia to report on recent conservation successes.  Namibian conservationist and Co-Director of Integrated Rural Development and Nature, John Kasaona, as well as members from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Namibia shared the country’s history and tremendous efforts dedicated to establishing paramount wildlife management programs. Before Namibia’s independence, …

Check Out Our Blog’s New Weekly Content!

Safari Club International Foundation’s new and improved “First for Wildlife” blog is your first stop for conservation news, emerging issues and updates. Beginning this month we will post our “Conservation Issue of the Week” every Tuesday. These posts will cover a wide range of issues SCI Foundation finds interesting, educational and beneficial to conservation efforts. …

Wild sheep monitoring in Mongolia

  Objective: To assist the government in developing a harvest quota for argali through the use of a reproducible monitoring program. Spring surveys were completed in 2012 & 2013 with a country-wide survey planned for this coming fall. Partners in this important work include: Grand Slam Ovis, Wild Sheep Foundation, the Mongolian Hunters Association and …

Conservation Auction

For the first time EVER, Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) will be hosting an online auction to sell highly prized Alaska Governor’s Permits! There are two big game tags available. The first tag is an opportunity to hunt a Kenai Mountains Caribou (Barren Ground). The second Alaska tag is for the chance to hunt a …

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 …