Anti-Poaching Adds Technology to Arsenal

Poaching of protected wildlife has reached an epidemic level and created a crisis for some African species. Rhinos and elephants are especially targeted for their horns and ivory in illegal markets overseas. Last year, a total 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. Poaching syndicates are becoming more organized and well equipped. Technology may …

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: Namibia Leopard Project

In 2010, Namibia partnered with SCI Foundation to survey leopard population in three phases. Phase I convened regional stakeholders in a collaborative workshop to design the research project. Phase II was a questionnaire survey sent to local farmers that sought to determine the frequency of leopard sightings and whether the species has been a problem …

Namibia Says No to Destroying Its Huge Ivory and Rhino Horn Stockpile

SCI Foundation has written a number of articles on poaching and specifically the crushing of ivory. Many differ on their opinions of having an ivory crush. The debate waivers on if it’s an effective awareness tool or a counterproductive practice that creates more harm than good. With poaching being such a heated issue, it often …

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, …

SCI Foundation Assists Namibian Leopard Management

Leopards are stealthy and nimble predators.  These secretive large cats are notoriously hard to find, despite their distinctive pattern, and even harder to count. Leopards are distributed across sub-Saharan Africa, occupying many different habitats. They are very agile climbers and will often be found hauling their prey up into a tree for safe keeping. Among …