SCI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education. SCI Foundation ensures that the best available science is used in wildlife policy and management and demonstrates the constructive role that hunting and hunters play in the conservation of biodiversity around the world. The organization is First For Wildlife, investing millions of dollars into wildlife conservation and education every year.
The Conservation Department at SCI Foundation partners with academic institutions, community-based support organizations, and conservation non-governmental organizations to complete wildlife research and management projects all over the world. Since 2000, we have put over $70 million in hunter dollars to work on over 100 conservation projects in 30 countries. Some of our programs include:
- North America: SCI Foundation is a strong supporter of the North American Model of Wildlife Management and firmly believes that the hunter-conservationist is the key to future conservation efforts in North America. We have supported projects in 23 states and provinces involving a range of species. Recent foci have been on the interactions between hunted species and expanding predator populations, grizzly and black bear populations, and declining mule deer populations in the West and white-tailed deer in the upper Midwest.
- Africa: SCI Foundation has a long history of success in Africa. We work to support African states in managing their wildlife resources sustainably for the long-term benefit of their land, their people, and wildlife communities. We are currently supporting research to identify the most accurate and efficient methods to survey African lions and leopards so that these iconic species will continue to be conserved through sustainable use.
- Asia: Many central Asian countries are in the early stages of developing a sustainable use conservation model, but SCI Foundation has been present with our partners in the region since 2010. We support building capacity for local community-based conservation throughout the region, including projects in Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
- Antipoaching: Illegal harvest for meat or body parts is a primary threat to many wildlife species worldwide, especially rhinoceros and elephant in Africa. SCI Foundation has supported antipoaching efforts all over the world through grants, partnerships, and capacity-building efforts.
- Matching Grants: The SCI Foundation supports SCI Chapters in their efforts to contribute toward conservation projects in their local areas. If a Chapter supports a research or management project, they can apply for matching funds from the Foundation to increase their impact. In 2018, the Foundation contributed over $30,000 to local conservation efforts through matching grants to the chapters.
The annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) is SCI Foundation's premier activity in Africa, bringing together a diverse group of international stakeholders, senior government delegates, professional hunting associations, policy experts and wildlife biologists. Discussions at this forum center on African wildlife issues and coordinating responses to current events.
Recent Conservation Articles
Missouri may soon have a new black bear hunting season. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently proposed a new hunting season following completion of an updated black bear management plan released this past May. The plan resulted from a bear research project partly funded by joint grants from SafariRead More
As human development sprawls further and further into wild places, innovative ideas and modern research strategies are helping mitigate human wildlife conflict. The Safari Club International Foundation is involved in a project being led by the BC Ministry Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development and the University ofRead More
Nearly a decade after Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) initiated a research project on mountain lions, the results are being applied in the state’s new species management plan. Safari Club International Foundation supported this research in the Uncompahgre Plateau back in the early 2000s. The CPW just recently published theRead More
Yesterday, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD) hosted a virtual public forum to received public feedback on recently published a proposed draft of their updated Big Game Management Plan to be implemented over the next decade. The draft report includes updates on conservation strategies with a focus on white-tailedRead More
The Safari Club International Foundation recently submitted public comments to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department in strong support of the proposed reintroduction of bighorn sheep into the Little Belt Mountains of central Montana. The area was historically home to large herds of bighorns, but they were driven outRead More
The most recent survey conducted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimated a healthy stable population of almost 700 wolves in the state’s Upper Peninsula. Safari Club International’s Michigan Involvement Committee, a volunteer leadership group of the state’s Chapter network, has been supporting this research and monitoring effort sinceRead More