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, …

Weekly Update: The Snow Leopard Trust

SCI Foundation partnered with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) in 2014. SLT is researching snow leopards in South Gobi, Mongolia and determining more effective methods for predator-proofing livestock corrals against snow leopard attacks. A snow leopard preys on large mammals, such as ibex, with a kill occurring once every 10 to 15 days. That is …

Issue of the Week: India’s Leopard Population on the Decline

Last week we discussed how population growth in Africa is negatively impacting wildlife through habitat encroachment and increased human-wildlife conflict. These problems, though heightened in Africa due to its dramatic growth rate, are not confined to its borders. Similar problems are seen in India. A new study shows an 80 percent decrease in India‚Äôs leopard …

Weekly Update: SCI Foundation Partners with Project Snow Leopard

SCI Foundation recently partnered with Project Snow Leopard (PSL), an innovative partnership between the community and private enterprise, which supports a livestock insurance program to compensate local farmers for losses caused by snow leopards in Northern Pakistan. PSL aims to reduce conflict and bring about long term attitude changes in local farmers, conservationists and state …

Black Bear Research Update

  During the past twenty years or so, multiple states have experienced increasing bear populations. Bears are recolonizing former range and expanding into areas now occupied by people. SCI Foundation is committed to understanding bear demographics and the potential influence that sex, age and seasons have on human-wildlife conflict. SCI Foundation has been assisting the …

Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflict

We can all agree that wildlife has value. The value that people associate with wildlife can take multiple forms, one of which is the importance of wildlife to human Society. When a species loses its societal value, the regard for the well-being of individual animals and the overall population status of the species may diminish. …