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 …

Working Ranches Keep Habitat Intact for Greater Sage-Grouse

Arid prairie lands in the western United States are filled with sagebrush wildlife, but changes to this wide-open landscape have led to losses in migratory songbirds and greater sage-grouse populations. Livestock grazing is the dominant land use shaping this steppe ecosystem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recognizes that the interaction …

Livestock Grazing and the Greater Sage-Grouse

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is an icon of the western United States. Its conservation status has been steeped in controversy for many years, as various groups petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) eight times since 1999 to list the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, in September 2015 the decades …

CITES Issue: African Elephant

During the last couple of months, SCI and SCI Foundation have blogged about issues that are particularly relevant for hunters and will be addressed at the upcoming CITES 17th Conference of the Parties.  Previous blog topics include African lion, wood bison, secret ballot voting, and cape mountain zebra.  This week’s post is about another iconic …

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, …

Montana to Use Bitterroot Elk Research in Management

After years of evaluating elk survival and recruitment in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, state officials are planning the next steps for managing the area’s elk herd. Earlier this year, the University of Montana and the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MTFWP) published the study’s scientific findings and management recommendations in a final report. This …

The Science Behind Sustainable Use

“How can you hunt an endangered species?” Members of the public frequently pose this question to wildlife biologists. The answer, quite simply, lies in a concept referred to as sustainable use. Sustainable use means harvesting the annual surplus while leaving enough adults to replenish the population. The anti-hunting community frequently cites numbers of animals hunted …

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 …

Saint Patrick’s Day: Ireland’s Conservation Structure

Legend has it that St. Patrick drove out all the snakes in Ireland sometime during the 5th century. However, we now know this myth to be just that, a myth. Snakes are limited by the open ocean between mainland Europe and Ireland, making any natural migration impossible. The cold-blooded crawlers would have also frozen when …

Michigan Recognizes SCI Foundation on White-tailed Deer Research

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission adopted a resolution on February 11, 2016, commending years of research supported by SCI Foundation showing that white-tailed deer survival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) region is dependent on suitable wintering habitat. As a result of these findings, the state is now moving to improve the UP’s winter deer habitat …