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SCI Foundation helps to fund its important conservation and education work through direct mail.  A Spring Appeal letter and updated brochure from SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer will arrive in many SCI member mailboxes this week.   Please take the time to read the letter, brochure and contribution reply form.  We hope the information shared about …

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 …

Mountain goat genetics in the Cascades

Mountain goats are an icon of the rugged Cascade high country for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts, including hunters. The species also has great cultural significance to people living in Washington State.   Unfortunately, the Washington mountain goat population has declined drastically since the 1950’s. While the decline has been attributed to historical overharvest, many populations within …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FOR SCI AND SCI FOUNDATION IT’S ALL OVER AND WE BATTED 1000! The CoP16 raced ahead of schedule and all of the issues of interest to SCI and the SCI Foundation concluded today.  They are all in the win column! Lion: SCI and the SCI Foundation prevented any bans or reductions of trophy exports and got …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CITES Timetable for Lions: The study period on determining the status of lion populations was extended and SCI and SCI Foundation are not hearing anything to indicate that decision will be changed during the final two days of CoP16.  Namibia and Kenya will make the “Periodic Review” report on lions to the next CITES Animals …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Thursday, March 7, 2013

U.S Polar Bear Proposal Soundly Defeated, but SCI & SCI Foundation Need To Stay Alert:  The U.S. proposal to list the polar bear on Appendix I (endangered) went down to defeat on March 7, despite a lot of diplomatic arm-twisting by the U.S.  SCI and SCI Foundation helped ensure the defeat in many ways, including …

World’s Largest Wildlife Trade Convention Rejects Polar Bear Trade Ban

    World’s Largest Wildlife Trade Convention Rejects Polar Bear Trade Ban For Immediate Release: March 7, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand –  A six month diplomatic initiative by the U.S. State Department and the Department of the Interior to list the polar bear as an endangered species under Appendix I of CITES failed today. The 178 nations …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

SCI and SCI Foundation Lion Strategy Pays Dividends Today the meeting agreed to continue the review of the status of lions to the next CITES meeting, in two - three years.  This review is part of a strategy developed between SCI and SCI Foundation and several major lion range countries to prevent Kenya from making …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

U.S.  High-Level Diplomatic Push on Polar Bears   SCI and SCI Foundation has learned that at least one country was ordered by their capital to vote in favor of the US polar bear listing proposal.  Other evidence shows that the US is using all its diplomatic assets to get votes to list the bear on …

Serious Trade Concerns about Polar Bears Loom at Outset of CoP 16

Three years ago, the parties to CITES soundly rejected a U.S. proposal to up-list the polar bear to Appendix I at the 15th Conference of Parties (CoP15). The U.S. again is asking the parties to consider the up-listing, this time with support by Russia. The up-listing proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the …