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SCI Foundation Hosts 17th AWCF in Zimbabwe

2019 African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) AWCF has been SCI Foundation’s signature program in Africa since 2001. AWCF is an annual capacity building venue for communications on common approaches to conservation challenges and creating a continent wide strategy for wildlife management. The AWCF brings together senior government officials, professional hunting association leadership, the USFWS, international policy …

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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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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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Not The Last Laugh: Rare Hyena Spotted In Tajikistan

[iframe src=”https://www.rferl.org/embed/player/0/29917243.html?type=video”] The striped hyena is classified as “Near Threatened” by the IUCN but listed on Tajikistan’s Red Book of endangered species with a declining population. This area represents the extreme outer range of the striped hyena in Central Asia. Hyenas are challenged by living close to areas of high human density and local pastoral communities …

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A Message from your SCI Foundation Conservation Committee Chair

Over the past decade, I have had the privilege of serving on SCI Foundation’s Conservation Committee and recently succeeded my friend, Al Maki, as the new Chair after years of Al’s dedicated service. I have been a member of SCI for 15 years.  I joined back then and continue my membership today because I see SCI …

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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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