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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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African Wildlife Should Belong to Africans

By Claire Fortenberry | November 30, 2021

The graphic above speaks volumes: it is undeniable fact that the largest populations of megafauna live and are successful in the countries where they are hunted. To those outside of the hunting world, this may seem counterintuitive. How can hunting a threatened species help save it? Overwhelming scientific data shows

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Recap of a Busy Hunting Policy Week

By Claire Fortenberry | November 23, 2021

Last week was an important one for American hunters, conservation policy, and African wildlife management. Here’s a full recap: On the 17th, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Martha Williams to be the next Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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The Critical Role of Hunters in Protecting Biodiversity

By Claire Fortenberry | November 22, 2021

Hunting helps reduce the impact of climate change and biodiversity loss by preserving forest and ground cover, and preventing burning and conversion to agricultural or grazing. See above (photo credit: Mike Angelides) the stark contrast in protected game reserve to converted community area.  Increasing the worlds biodiversity is critical to

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USFWS to Process Backlogged Trophy Import Permits for Elephant, Bontebok, Other Species

By Barbara Crown | November 18, 2021

Inquiries about delayed trophy import permits from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come to SCI’s Hunter Information Service hotline throughout 2021. Frustrated members have been unable to get information from the government agency regarding pending trophy import applications for leopards, lions, bontebok and, of course, elephants. Some applications have

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House Natural Resources International Conservation Forum this Week

By Claire Fortenberry | November 16, 2021

This Thursday, November 18, the House Natural Resources Committee will be hosting an International Conservation Forum. The committee will host several witnesses from different African countries to examine the role sustainable hunting plays in conservation efforts and local economies.  Overwhelming evidence shows that well-regulated international hunting programs benefit wildlife, habitat,

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International Hunting Ban Updates from AWCF

By Claire Fortenberry | November 16, 2021

SCI Foundation’s African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) was hosted in Kasane, Botswana last week with a diverse group of government officials, conservation partners, community leaders, and other parties. The week featured fruitful discussions and presentations on conservation, local community, and international hunting issues.  SCI’s EVP of International, Government and Public Affairs Ben

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