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Why Botswana’s elections matter to SCI and SCIF

By Chris Comer, Ph.D., SCIF Director of Conservation Many readers may have seen in the news reports that the Botswana Democratic Party and President Mokgweetsi Masisi were declared the winners of general elections in Botswana recently.  Some may have even clicked through and read the story but most probably do not realize the significance of this event …

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SCIF Co-Sponsors World Mountain Ungulate Conference with Wild Sheep Foundation

Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) recently co-sponsored the 7th World Mountain Ungulate Conference (WMUC) with its official partner organization, the Wild Sheep Foundation, in Bozeman, MT in September 2019. The WMUC is a scientific meeting of international wildlife biologists and managers from across North America, Europe and Central Asia focusing on wild sheep and goat conservation. …

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Wrap-Up Report On CITES CoP18

As the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) enters the history books, a review of the meeting shows that the global wildlife trade conference hosted by Switzerland ended well for hunters despite some setbacks, the most obvious being the unnecessary listing of the giraffe on Appendix II. The joint team from SCI …

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WORLD RECORD DEER MIGRATION VISUALIZED IN 3D FOR THE FIRST TIME

“Safari Club International is proud to be a supporter of the Wyoming Migration Initiative. The mule deer is an iconic species of western North America, and observed declines in abundance and harvest in many areas should be a concern for all hunters. This population in Wyoming exhibits a variety of migratory strategies and, as illustrated in …

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SCI Foundation Supported Research Improves African Lion Survey Methods

The most recent issue of the academic journal Global Ecology and Conservation highlights the latest information from SCIF’s African lion research in Tanzania.  In a research effort led by Dr. Jerrold Belant at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, this project examines methods used to survey lion abundance in the …

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Helping Assure the Future of Elk and Elk Hunting

  SCI Foundation and our contributing hunter-conservationists have been active in supporting better management of western big game species, especially deer and elk, for over a decade.  Elk or wapiti are among the most iconic species of the American West, although historically various subspecies ranged across much of the United States and Canada.  Elk recovery from …

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SCIF Conservation Preparing Strategy for African Leopard Conservation

  Despite ample evidence showing that legal, regulated hunting is an important economic and management component of wildlife conservation in Africa, we have recently seen increased pressure from North America and Europe to limit importation of hunting trophies.  These arguments are typically based primarily on emotion and false narratives about wildlife and its conservation.  Uncertainty about …

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Horse Rich and Dirt Poor Video

[iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/q6h242vy_q8″]   Safari Club International Foundation is proud to be a part of the recently released short film Horse Rich and Dirt Poor.  This film highlights the challenges of managing the approximately 80,000 wild mustangs that roam rangelands in the western United States.  While the film focuses on Nevada, which has the largest population of …

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Winning the Battle Against Poaching by Imparting Value to Wildlife

SCI Foundation has frequently expressed the opinion that “boots on the ground” alone will not win the fight against poaching.  Yes, a show of force can be a big deterrent in some areas; however, successful anti-poaching programs consist of far more than just a lot of people in uniform.  To begin with, there must be a …

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