SCI Foundation Continues to Move Forward.
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The edition features:
- Wheels on the Ground Needed for Tanzania Lion Project.
- SCI Foundation Working with Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America to Hold Hunter Education Camp.
- SCI Foundation’s Veterans’ Committee Developing New Brochure to Highlight Committee Activities and Local Chapter Events.
- A Song of Ivory and Fire: Why destruction of ivory stockpiles might not be a good idea.
- Rugged Expedition Host J. Alain Smith Pays it Forward in Uganda.
- And more…
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Wheels on the Ground Needed for Tanzania Lion Project.Researchers survey lion tracks in Serengeti National Park.Conservation – SCI Foundation needs your help to fund a high priority project need! A research vehicle with the Tanzania Lion Project recently suffered a mechanical failure in the field, leaving the project short a vehicle and causing the researchers to alter their survey methods. Importing replacement parts and repairing this Land Rover will take some time, meaning a new vehicle is needed immediately to continue this important research on the Serengeti plains.
The current methods for estimating lion abundance are imprecise. The goal of the Tanzania Lion Project is to improve survey methods to allow consistent and accurate lion abundance estimation within the Serengeti National Park study area. This project is a game changer, ensuring that management of the African lion is based on science, and helping to put SCI Foundation front and center in the lion research community.
Researchers from the Carnivore Ecology Laboratory at Mississippi State University and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute have recently completed the first phase of the project, yielding improvements on the study design. Preliminary analysis of the data suggests this study will produce the most accurate lion population survey methods that are cost effective and applicable to large areas. The resulting model will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The project’s two existing Land Rovers run 18 hours a day during the field season, operating over rugged terrain to complete this important work. These vehicles are maintained daily by project personnel and serviced weekly by a competent mechanic. Unfortunately, replacement parts need to be imported to repair the broken vehicle, and it will take weeks to fix properly. The most intense period of field research is fast approaching this summer, and our people on-the-ground need a third working vehicle to ensure that the research is not inhibited by the temporary loss of one vehicle.
An ideal vehicle, a 2005 Land Rover Defender, 5 door 4×4, 300tdi, has been found in Tanzania and is available for purchase. The 300tdi is commonly used for fieldwork and safari travel because of its durability, power and familiarity to local mechanics. The project’s full time mechanic has inspected the vehicle on site and confirmed that the engine, transmission, frame and body are all in excellent condition. Purchasing costs, not including off-road retrofitting, bring the price to approximately $25,000 USD.
We need you and SCI members to help sponsor this high priority project need! DONATE now to put wheels on the ground and help scientists better assess the status of lions in the wild! The sponsoring group or individual will be formally recognized in SCI Foundation publications and communications on this project. Sponsors will also be recognized with logos on the Land Rover’s doors.
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SCI Foundation Working with Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America to Hold Hunter Education Camp.Education – Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation), in cooperation with the Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of American and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is scheduling on Aug. 5-7, 2016, Hunter Education training for Scouts, their families and others interested in attending a family orientated camp that teaches conservation education and firearms safety. This training provides a unique opportunity for SCI Foundation to partner with a local Boy Scout Council to implement conservation training. The training will be held at the Council’s Wehinahpay Mountain Camp, a 320 acre facility located in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico.
The camp will teach youth about hunter ethics, responsibility and safe firearms handling while additionally encouraging the parent(s) of the youth to participate. This course makes the learning environment more family focused where they gain new useful skills together. SCI Foundation will provide the financial support to the Department of Game and Fish for food, lodging and other supplies (which cannot be purchased directly by Game & Fish).
SCI Foundation is partnering with the Scouts and the Department of Game and Fish with a major objective to educate youth on the important role that responsible hunters play in conservation and wildlife management and the importance to achieve sustainable wildlife resources. The course curriculum will educate students in the basic standards set by the International Hunter Education Association – U.S.A for nationwide certification reciprocity and covers topics such as hunter ethics and responsibility, firearms nomenclature, safe firearms handling, shooting basics, hunting skills, conservation and wildlife management along with outdoor preparedness and an introduction to muzzleloading, bowhunting and tree-stand safety.
The Department of Game and Fish will be responsible for signing up attendees for this camp. They plan to advertise this education/camp opportunity starting in early summer, utilizing e-mail distribution lists via their GovDelivery system, press releases, Facebook and other social media outlets. The Department will send specific notice of this camp to Scouts, 4-H and FFA, local conservation groups, local parks and recreation programs. Anyone interested in signing up family members, should watch the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website and new releases for information on how to sign up and participate in this educational opportunity.