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
This past August, an article appeared in Science magazine that highlighted the negative consequences banning imports of wildlife hunting trophies will have on both wildlife and the rural communities of Africa. The article was signed by 133 scientists. It did not take long for the animal rights group, Campaign toRead More
This map of Namibia shows estimated leopard density based on camera survey data and habitat suitability In partnership with the Namibia Professional Hunting Association and other conservation groups, the SCIF Department of Science-based Conservation recently supported a nationwide survey of leopard populations in Namibia. Well-designed and scientific surveys to estimateRead More
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation hosted its 30th annual banquet and auction in Washington, D.C. The event celebrated past and present Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) members and 30 years of advancing fish and wildlife conservation in Washington and across the country. SCI President Steve Skold The dinner was preceded by aRead More
The following article appeared in Science magazine. Authored by Amy Dickman, Rosie Cooney, Paul J. Johnson*, Maxi Pia Louis, Dilys Roe, the article has an additional 128 signatories. Trophy hunting bans imperil biodiversity This article appears in Science magazine, vol 365 / issue 6456, August 30, 2019. Trophy huntingRead More
There is a movement, driven by consumers and the agricultural sector, to better connect people with their food. Consumers are demanding the background information of their food. Producer groups like Alberta Beef Producers, Alberta Milk and Egg Farmers of Alberta are doing an amazing job of telling the “farm-to-table” story.Read More
While “meat hunting” is beginning to gain some grudging acceptance among the non-hunting public, particularly among “locavores” for providing “free range, organic, natural protein;” trophy hunting? Not so much. Derided as “sport killing” and “killing for fun” on social media, it is hard to see from a non-hunter’s perspective anyRead More