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
Firearm Industry, Hunters Fund Annual Conservation Project Since 1937, America’s firearm industry has made conservation efforts possible around this great nation through the NSSF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Partner with a Payerprogram, I had the opportunity to witness some of those on-the-ground conservation efforts at workRead More
Southern Hunters Worked With Shorter Seasons, Reduced Bag Limits If you haven’t tagged a spring turkey yet, you’re running out of time. In fact, the season has closed in several Southern U.S. states. Mississippi and Louisiana closed May 1. Alabama, Arkansas and Kentucky are about to stick a fork inRead More
By: Joe Goergen & Jeremy Clare SCI and SCI Foundation have engaged with CITES since the Convention began in the 1970s, advocating for sustainable wildlife trade on behalf of the international hunting industry. Both organizations continued this long-term advocacy at the recent 74th Standing Committee (SC74) meeting in Lyon, France March 7Read More
Safari Club International was honored to host African government delegates and community representatives from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Botswana at SCI’s 50th annual convention in Las Vegas. Of particular note from these delegations were the Honorable Minister Dr. Damas Daniel Ndumbaro of Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism; Tanzania’sRead More
By Joe Goergen A recent publication by SCIF partners at the Okavango Research Institute highlights the importance of engaging local people in wildlife management decisions. The paper, published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, was led by Dr. Joseph Mbaiwa, Professor of Tourism Studies and Director of the institute, an internationallyRead More
Much of SCI’s 50-year history has been financially supported by generous donations from outstanding artists. Painters, sculptors, jewelers, engravers and custom furniture manufacturers, exhibit throughout the SCI Convention. They are SCI featured artists that attract members from around the world. For decades, wildlife artwork has been featured on mostRead More