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 …

Local Management Works for Zimbabwe Lions

Last year, one lion in Zimbabwe brought the role of hunting in wildlife conservation into the spotlight. Despite inflammatory reports to the contrary, Zimbabwe has a very successful model of lion management based primarily on sustainable lion hunting. Zimbabwe’s lion management has been so successful that many wildlife areas, supported entirely by revenue generated from …

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. …

China Pledges Cooperation on African Wildlife

Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and delegates from 50 African nations met at the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. China made another step to stop poaching by pledging continued cooperation with Africa. FOCAC is a venue for China and Africa to discuss industry and development goals. China is Africa’s biggest …

Human Population Growth: The Issue Conservationists Aren’t Talking About

Human population continues to grow at the expense of nature. Humans are now the driving force in species extinction. Long-term wildlife conservation cannot be addressed without first considering the perspective of human development. Human population growth is the “elephant in the room” for conservation, yet few are talking about it. People concerned for the status …

Featured Issue: Ecotourism Part 1 Pros and Cons

Ecotourism is a rapidly growing industry and an increasingly hot environmental topic. Protected areas around the world receive an estimated 8 billion visits annually, bringing in $600 billion per year. Photographic tourism is being praised as an ecosystem service, and a solution to fund the conservation of biodiversity, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wildlife viewing generates …

Weekly Update: Tanzania Lion Project Launches in Serengeti

SCI Foundation, in collaboration with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and the Carnivore Ecology Laboratory (CEL) at Mississippi State University, has begun what will be the most accurate population survey in the history of African lion research. Researchers have recently completed the initial stages of   field work in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The Tanzania Lion …

Issue of the Week: African Elephant Populations Still Strong in Southern Africa

As part of an ongoing process of assessing the status of the African Elephant, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently released an updated species report. The IUCN Species Survival Commission’s African Elephant Specialist Group maintains a modern database that compiles the most accurate and current population survey data from the continent. The …

Issue of the Week: Tanzania Stands By Hunting

Tanzania has stated unequivocally that it will not consider suspending or banning hunting. Government officials cite the numerous benefits that sustainable utilization of wildlife brings to wildlife and people in the country. Responding to assertions made by the Lusaka Agreement Task Force at a recent workshop in Arusha that legal hunting fuels illegal wildlife trade, …

Could bio-engineered rhino horn be the solution to poaching?

Poaching is a global crisis. The decline in elephant populations has monopolized headlines, but elephants are not the only species threatened by poaching. Tigers, pangolin, apes, and rhino all suffer because their parts bring substantial profits on the black market. Organizations around the world are trying their best to reverse this trend and innovative solutions …