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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.

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Connecticut Governor Signs Legislation that Undermines African Wildlife Management Into Law

By Claire Fortenberry | June 21, 2021

On June 16, Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont, signed Senate Bill 925 into law. This legislation originally sought to restrict the legal importation and possession of commonly hunted species from Africa.  However, before passing the Connecticut Senate in May, and thanks in part to efforts from Safari Club International (SCI), the legislation

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SCI and SCIF Support Sustainable Predator Management in North America

By Claire Fortenberry | June 18, 2021

Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) are proud to announce their support of sustainable predator management in North America, which plays an essential role in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.    SCI and SCIF adopted this position following extensive support for research on the dynamics

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SCI Stands for Hunting Access in 30×30 Conservation Initiative

By Randy Gibbs | May 17, 2021

Last week, the Biden Administration released the outline of their “America the Beautiful” initiative, which includes the 30×30 plan – the goal of conserving 30% of our lands and waters by 2030. Safari Club International (SCI) is receptive to the plan’s considerations of hunters and anglers, economic impacts, and local

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SCI Joins Letter Supporting Wildlife Corridors

By Randy Gibbs | May 13, 2021

This week, Safari Club International (SCI) outlined strong support for wildlife corridors by joining 36 other organizations in a letter to Chairman Tom Carper (DE-D) and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (WV-R) of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. These organizations, which represent millions of hunters and anglers, outdoors

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High-Level Panel Recommends South Africa End Captive Breeding and Hunting of Lions

By Barbara Crown | May 10, 2021

A High-Level Panel created to review South Africa’s policies, legislation and practices regarding elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros has recommended an end to the practice of captive breeding and hunting of lions. The recommendation was announced by South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy on May

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Colorado to Open 200,000 Acres of Land for Hunting and Fishing

By Randy Gibbs | May 10, 2021

Safari Club International (SCI) is celebrating Colorado’s recent expansion of nearly 200,000 acres of land for public hunting and fishing. This major designation will open public lands across the state and is a victory for wildlife management, hunting and fishing, and community access. SCI commends this decision as we diligently

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