SCI Foundation Prepares for 15th African Wildlife Consultative Forum

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AWCF Logo 2017

The African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) will be held in Arusha, Tanzania, from November 13-17, 2017. The meeting marks the 15th meeting of African governments, professional hunting associations, and wildlife management experts from all over the world.

This year’s AWCF will feature an African lion and leopard symposium, headlined by the SCI Foundation-sponsored Tanzania Lion Project. Now in its third field season, the Mississippi State University and Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute’s project compares lion survey methods across the Serengeti-Ngorongoro-Maswa landscape on a variety of different land use types.

Prior to the AWCF meeting, SCI Foundation’s biologists will visit Serengeti National Park to assist researchers with call-in surveys and lion collaring. After thoroughly proving the validity of the methods in Tanzania, the goal is to encourage other lion range states to adopt the project’s cost-effective methods to more accurately estimate lion populations.

The upcoming AWCF will be the first opportunity to…

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TAJIKISTAN: HOME TO WORLD’S LARGEST ARGALI POPULATION

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Argali

This week SCI Foundation is proud to present a Q & A session with one of our research partners in the field. Raul Valdez of the New Mexico State University Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology took time out of his busy schedule in Tajikistan where he is currently conducting an Argali Sheep survey. Below are his answers and his professional opinion of the future of sustainable management of the Marco Polo (argali) sheep.


What was the status of Argali Sheep and wildlife in Tajikistan prior to beginning your research?

Past Marco Polo sheep (MPS) surveys in and near our study area, prior to the initiation of the SCI Foundation-sponsored surveys in 2010, indicate that wild sheep had undergone a population decline, perhaps beginning in the 1940s. Sheep densities were significantly lower than present in our study area based on surveys conducted in 1995, 2003, and 2005. Sheep in…

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