Conservation Projects

Safari Club International Foundation and SCI Chapters often join together to fulfill projects in conservation all over the world. Chapters also work hard in their own communities to cultivate an understanding and practice of conservation, the benefits of their efforts largely remaining local.

An ongoing project is the involvement of SCI chapters in the U.S. with state legislative and regulatory issues; with federal plans that affect management, conservation, and hunting access on public lands; as well as national legislative issues. As an SCI member, you can support SCI-PAC, the political action committee that carefully supports pro-hunter federal representatives running for office.

Featured Project: Alpine Ibex Project

Italian Chapter, $100,000 USD Financial Investment for 2006-2010

In August 2004, an epidemic of sarcopatic scabies, combined with a very cold and snowy winter, hit the Marmolada National Park Area, causing the alpine ibex population to decrease from about 500 to less than 150.

The goal of this project, which began in 2006 and is entirely financed by the Italian Chapter, is to protect and save the alpine ibex population in theMarmoladaarea. The project will study for the first time the genetic evolution and resistance to the disease, testing the theories of Guberti/Zamboni and Leung/Grenfell. The approximately $100,000 supplied by the chapter funds work performed by the provincia di Belluno, Corpo Forestale dello Stato, regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, Department of Animal Production, Epidemiology and Ecology of Torino University, and Department of Animal Science of Padova University.

The researchers will get important indications on the seasonal migration and area occupation of the restocked ibex population. To save the population from disappearing, some ibex have been captured inTarvisioNational Park. They have been treated with anti-parasite medication, marked with ear tags, equipped with radio transmitter collars, and transported toMarmoladaNational Park, where they were released to restock the existing population.

This new, genetically recombined population will be studied by a scientific team on weekly basis for five years, concluding in 2010. In case of future homing/dispersion of some of the released ibex specimens, the same number will be captured again in Tarvisio National Parkand again released in Marmolada National Park.

For their excellence in conservation achievement, the Italian Chapter received the 2007 SCIF Diamond Conservation Chapter Award.

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