“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.
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.
For more information visit the SCI Foundation website.