Since 2000, SCI Foundation has provided over $60 million to conservation, wildlife education, and humanitarian programs around the world.
This First For Wildlife blog communicates important conservation news and updates from our project partners with readers twice a week. Tuesdays are dedicated to an Issue of the Week and Thursday’s Project Updates provide an inside look into our wildlife research and science-based conservation efforts.
SCI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. SCI Foundation ensures the best available science is used in wildlife policy and management, and demonstrates the constructive role that hunting and hunters play in the conservation of biodiversity worldwide. The organization is “First For Wildlife,” investing millions of dollars into wildlife conservation and education every year.
In North America, SCI Foundation works with nearly every big game animal, including 21 species in over 22 US states and Canadian provinces. Our projects largely focus on predator-prey dynamics.
Our flagship North American predator-prey study is the Michigan Predator Prey Project. SCI Foundation was recognized by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission for supporting important research on the Upper Peninsula’s white-tailed deer population in March of 2016. The UP Habitat Work Group is now working to improve wintering deer habitat.
In 2015, wood bison were successfully reintroduced to Alaska. With help from SCI Foundation, this was a 15 year effort. The first bison calves were born in the Alaskan wild in the spring of 2015.
SCI Foundation’s Africa conservation program works with more than 12 species in over 13 countries. Since 2013, the Fighting For Lions Campaign raised almost $1.2 million, enabling a variety of lion research and public outreach projects. Our projects focus on anti-poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and community-based conservation.
Since 2001, the African Wildlife Consultative Forum has been SCI Foundation’s signature African program. For the past 15 years, this forum has presented the best available science to African governments, informing wildlife policy and management decisions.
In Asia, SCI Foundation’s work impacts more than 15 species in over 5 countries. Our strategy here is on Argali sheep and predator species research and applied management. We have also previously supported several wildlife research projects on the endangered snow leopard.
SCI Foundation has funded over 80 wildlife conservation projects in more than 27 countries! SCI Foundation continues to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs which show the importance of hunting. A number of SCI Foundation’s projects are funded by the Hunter Legacy Fund, a dedicated wildlife dedicated funding source for wildlife conservation. This endowment ensures that SCI Foundation’s conservation program will continue long into the future.
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