President’s Update

SCI Foundation President Warren Sackman, III Takes the Reins.

Exciting updates to share in this edition of the e-News, we were recently accepted into the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); we’ve expanded the influence of many of our programs including our Safari-Care:Blue Bag program; and we continue to increase the number of sponsors and donors for our signature events.  All of these accomplishments, which could not happen without your support, aid us in the pursuit of our vision of becoming the world leader in wildlife conservation and outdoor education.

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In this issue…

    • SCI Foundation Accepted into the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
    • SCI Foundation Executive Director and Numzaan Safaris Present Blue Bag in RSA.
    • Legends Ranch Sponsors Beretta Event as Presenting Sponsor
    • Community-Based Hunting Programs are Driving Force for Markhor Recovery in Pakistan.
    • SCI Foundation Recognizes West Texas Chapter for Their Efforts.
    • And more…

To learn more about SCI Foundation please contact Bob Benson, Executive Director at


SCI Foundation Executive Director and Numzaan Safaris Present Blue Bag in RSA.

On a recent trip to the Limpopo Province of South Africa, SCI Foundation Executive Director Bob Benson and his wife Michelle had the pleasure to give a SCIF Bell Family Blue Bag with school and art supplies to the Spitskop Special Needs School. They also collaborated with Numzaan Safaris to provide an ample supply of processed wild game meat that had been harvested for the students and staff.

This Special Needs School in Tambazimbi, South Africa is made up of 36 young men and women who are taught a wide range of life skills and an specialized educational curriculum by a wonderful staff of passionate professionals. “As hunters and outfitters, we feel compelled to do our part to give back and be good neighbors and members of our communities, said Stef Swanepoel, Owner, Numzaan Safaris.

“Goodwill and charity is contagious and gives one a true sense of worth and well-being. To ‘Play it Forward’ and give a little back to those in need provides a special feeling.  Hunters who have yet to participate in the Blue Bag Program should give it a try and see what the experience is like,” said Benson.  “Another couple in our camp was so inspired by this gesture that they immediately offered to help as well,” he added.

Footnote: Numzaan Safaris is to be commended for not only participating as a sponsor in the Blue Bag program this summer but for all they’ve done and continue to do for SCI and SCI Foundation.

SCI Foundation Blue Bag Program

Giving back to communities is a common value that SCI hunters share. Our hunters go all over the globe seeking out wild and rugged places.  Hunting takes members to under developed countries and areas not as prosperous as their own country.  Because of this SCI hunters, frequently give back to the community by bringing much needed aid to the remote communities they visit.  This is frequently accomplished through the Bell Family Blue Bag Program.  These Blue Bags are filled by chapters, individual members, church groups or even groups of schoolchildren or scouts. The contents may include medical, educational, and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys.  The Blue Bag is taken by hunters on their hunt in these regions. The supplies are delivered directly to villages, clinics, orphanages and schools, doctors, caretakers and teachers to use with people in need.

SCI and SCIF, like so many organizations, put forth enormous effort each year to help improve the quality of life throughout the world. Although members have constantly and creatively condensed gear or packed blue bags within the allowable luggage guidelines, however, many members take empty blue bags.  These bags are then filled in the destination country. Simple take the empty blue bag in your luggage and purchase supplies upon arrival.

SCI members often communicate their experiences and pass along their own experience to others. Below is an example of how hunters can and do assist others by delivering humanitarian aid to those in need.

Featured News

SCI Foundation Accepted into the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Conservation – Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) is pleased to announce its formal acceptance as a new member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). IUCN is the world’s largest environmental network and the global authority on species survival status. Membership strengthens SCI Foundation’s credibility and capacity through association with this international alliance of scientists and decision makers.

“Attaining IUCN membership has been one of our longtime goals,” said Warren Sackman, President of SCI Foundation. “Being recognized as a science-based organization by IUCN is a major achievement.”

This announcement comes only two months after receiving the highest possible 4-star charity rating from Charity Navigator. SCI Foundation conducts and supports scientific studies, assists in the design and development of scientific programs for sustainable use management, and demonstrates the critical role that hunting plays in wildlife conservation around the world.

“SCI Foundation is acknowledged as a leader in sustainable wildlife conservation and education,” says SCI Foundation’s Conservation Committee Chairman, Dr. Alan Maki. “Now as an IUCN member organization we’ll be able to better collaborate with the international conservation community and share our research findings more broadly.”

IUCN harnesses the knowledge and resources of over 1,300 organizations, including government agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, and business associations. Membership will allow SCI Foundation to develop new partnerships, expand its global scientific network and provide input on key sustainable use discussions at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress this September in Hawaii.

SCI Foundation has an extensive history of working with IUCN, recently supporting the African Elephant Specialist Group in managing and expanding the elephant population survey database. IUCN is also a frequent participant in SCI Foundation’s annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum, which brings together governments, NGOs and the private sector to discuss sustainable use issues and wildlife policy.

Learn more about IUCN and the upcoming 2016 World Conservation Congress at


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Sponsor Spotlight

Legends Ranch Sponsors Beretta Event as Presenting Sponsor.

Development – Arturo J. Gutierrez, Sr. and Robert Sergi on behalf of Legends Ranch have generously agreed to, for the second year, become a presenting sponsor of the Beretta & SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award Gala. Proceeds from the event are dedicated to the First for Wildlife Endowment which will be used to support future wildlife conservation and outdoor education programs.

Robert Sergi’s passion for the outdoors and hunting started at an early age when he started going on trips with his grandfather Arthur. Since then he has hunted extensively all over the world and at age 19 he achieved his African Big Five. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Biology.  Robert’s most memorable moment at the Legends Ranch was being part of harvesting the #1 SCI Typical Whitetail deer in 2014.

Arthur Gutierrez has been a member of SCI since 1988. He is a life member of SCI as well as the NRA, the New England and Bavarian Chapters of SCI as well as the Hunter Legacy Fund.

Legends Ranch is the ultimate destination for those seeking that unique combination of premier whitetail trophies, beautiful pastures and wooded terrain, and a devoted team of professionals with the experience to deliver a perfect hunt.

Legends offers the comforts of modern well-appointed lodge with the character and warmth of a northern locale and the hospitality of a dedicated staff.

Come hunt your dream whitetail on one of our world-class Presidential Hunts where you will have your choice of 300 plus inch trophies, while enjoying the company of fellow whitetail enthusiasts and the Legends’ passion for that unforgettable hunting experience.

Ranch Director,

Robert Sergi

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