“SCI Foundation embraces the conservation ethic of hunters and promotes hunter stewardship of wildlife resources.”   

The SCI Foundation conservation team funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation. Each of our programs – Africa, Asia, and North America – have specific areas of focus, from disease to predator-prey interaction to conservation to hunting management. We work closely with SCI Chapters and members to advance hundreds of local, regional, and global wildlife conservation projects each year. Chapters around the world are involved in projects to promote conservation of wildlife.

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First Wood Bison Calf Wild-Born In Alaska In At Least 100 Years!

Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) announced recently that the first wild-born calves were spotted during an Alaska Department of Fish and Game aerial survey.

This marks the first time in 100 years that a bison calf was born in the Alaskan wild. This exciting milestone is part of a 20 year wood bison reintroduction project that sought to reestablish a wood bison population in the Innoko River region.

“It felt like having a baby shower or something. It’s just huge,” Cathie Harms, Alaska Department of Fish and Game regional program manager said. “It’s like the completion of the circle. We finally got animals into the wild and they are taking to it tremendously.”

SCI Foundation has aided the wood bison reintroduction effort for the past 10 years and is a member of the Wood Bison Restoration Advisory Group. Through its contributions, Safari Club has applied hunter dollars towards the maintenance of the bison holding facility, the care of the bison while in captivity, and the relocation of bison to the wild.

“We are excited to learn that the bison are successfully adapting to their new environment and that the herd is already growing,” SCI Foundation Director of Conservation, Matt Eckert, said. “Reestablishing the Alaskan herd is not only good for bison; it benefits other species and will eventually become a sustainable resource of Alaska’s people to manage. We just hope that the general public understands that hunters played a pivotal role in this wildlife conservation effort.”

For more information about this and other SCI Foundation Conservation Partnerships and Projects, contact Caroline Jaeger at cjaeger@safariclub.org or call (202) 543-8733

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Program Highlights

On April 3, 2015, wood bison were reintroduced into the Alaskan wild. This fifteen year conservation effort was made possible by contributions from SCI Foundation, SCI Chapters and the Hunter Legacy Fund. Our donations supported bison trans-location from Alberta to Alaska, expanded and outfitted the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC), fed bison through winter, and flew bison to the release site on a C-130.

SCI Foundation attended “Wood Bison Media Day,” which allowed press to get a firsthand look at how the bison were maintained and transported to the release site. Conservation Committee Chairman Dr. Al Maki was interviewed for a documentary and shared just how critical hunters are to wildlife conservation, including bison.

SCIF has gained cooperation with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute to collaboratively research African lions in Serengeti National Park. We’ve completed a reconnaissance trip and hope to initiate field work in July 2015.

The 2015 African Wildlife Consultative Forum will take place 8-13 November 2015 in South Africa.

SCI Foundation is continuing our partnership with the Missouri black bear project. The next stage of research will use Stealth Cam trail cams to estimate black bear population numbers and provide insights to population growth.

Special Conservation Auction Tags sold at the 2015 SCI Convention raised $112,000 for wildlife conservation efforts.

SCIF’s Primary Mission: Promoting Wildlife Conservation Worldwide

As a passionate conservationist who believes in ecosystem management and the principles of sustainable use, you may understand as clearly as I do that hunting is not just our heritage. It is not just a pathway to connect with the land and the natural resources surrounding us. And hunting is not just a sport or recreation … it is part of our identity. In today‘s world, at a time when wildlife are competing for resources with an ever-increasing global population of humans, the success and failure of some wildlife populations are reliant on human action. It is within this world that humans have learned to conserve wildlife, and with politics aside, that hunting is the most simplistic, practical, and cost-effective management tool for wildlife conservation.

We hunter-conservationists understand the role that humans play in disrupting the harmony of the natural world. The consequences of having overabundant white-tailed deer in local temperate forests in the United States parallel the problems that lead to tragic lion attacks on villagers and livestock in the grasslands of Botswana. We strive to preserve game and non-game species and wet and dry habitats as part of our responsibility to the land that we have come from, in concert with conditions accepted on a local and global scale.

As members of a worldwide conservation organization, we are more than passive observers of the natural world. We gain an intimate awareness and appreciation of the natural settings as we hunt. We also work very hard to help preserve the worldwide hunting heritage, which plays such an important role to the use of science and knowledge toward effective conservation efforts and wise practices of sustainable use of our wildlife resources.

The goal of the following chapter is to highlight the variety of conservation projects performed by SCI and the SCI Foundation, including our global network of nearly 200 SCI chapters and more than 45,000 members. Collectively, we are giving power and financial support to local game officials and governments as well as financing education, conservation and humanitarian efforts worldwide. Together we have helped reestablish wood bison in Alaska, provided water guzzlers for desert bighorn sheep in California, and underwritten population studies of black bear and moose in Maine, among thousands of other projects. From building houses for bluebirds in New York State to saving jaguars in the Yucatán, Safari Club International has shown that no creature is too small or too remote for our attention. We applaud the accomplishments of our fellow conservationists and project partners, as collaboration only enhances results.

In closing, I quote the West African environmentalist, Baba Dioum of Senegal, who said, ―In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.‖ Teaching is critical to SCI‘s conservation mission, and the world looks to us to show the way to effective worldwide conservation. I hope that these examples of our accomplishments illustrate how hunters are, at their core, conservationists, who possess a legacy that we must pass on to those who follow. I am proud to be everything a hunter is and does.

Joe Hosmer, SCI Foundation President

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