Grants for 2016
DSC Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants
DSC Foundation has granted approximately $1 million in support of the mission of Dallas Safari Club – to insure the conservation of wildlife through public engagement, education and advocacy for well-regulated hunting and sustainable use.
DSC Foundation funded projects include anti-poaching campaigns, youth hunting and shooting initiatives, RAMSAR site clean-up projects, scientific research and data gathering studies, and wildlife rehabilitation efforts.
Over the past five years, in total, DSC and DSC Foundation have granted an unprecedented $5 million-plus, from funds generated from the annual DSC Convention, direct donations and other fundraising events.
A complete list of projects supported by DSC Foundation in 2016 follows below.
- Alaska Conservation Foundation. The grant to Alaska Conservation Foundation is in support of a targeted outreach campaign designed to capitalize on and add to the widespread public support within Alaska and the Lower 48 for protecting Bristol Bay from mining proposals.
- Bear Trust International. DSCF’s grant supports the ongoing efforts of BTI to create and disseminate a science-based conservation education program that promotes the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.
- Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University. The grant to the Borderlands Research Institute is in support of its ongoing research project involving Desert Bighorn Sheep in Sierra Vieja Mountains of west Texas.
- Caddo Lake Institute. DSCF continues DSC’s support of the Caddo Lake Institute. Caddo Lake, the only naturally occurring lake in Texas, is one of seventeen RAMSAR Convention sites in the United States. DSCF’s grant is dedicated to the new Caddo Lake Watershed Comprehensive Habitat Restoration project to expand wildlife habitat on state, federal and private lands around the Lake and to increase recreational opportunities.
- Conservation Force. DSCF continues DSC’s longstanding support of the advocacy efforts of John Jackson and all involved with Conservation Force. Conservation Force. .
- The Conservation Fund. DSCF continues DSC’s multi-year support of conservation projects in North America, and specifically the Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative, the Neches River (Texas) project pursuant to which The Conservation Fund is acquiring hardwood bottom land in Anderson and Cherokee Counties in East Texas and the Montana project to help ranchers preserve private land so that hunters and fishermen can have access to public lands.
- Dallas Ecological Foundation. DSCF supports the work of DEF and specifically the Outdoor Adventures education program which reaches thousands of school-aged children every year.
- Delta Waterfowl. DSCF continues DSC’s support of Delta Waterfowl’s nesting predation study in the upper mid-west and Canadian waterfowl breeding grounds. The research conducted by the Delta Waterfowl teams has shed remarkable light on the effects of predation on nesting ducks and the resulting population impact.
- El Carmen Land & Conservation Co. DSCF has approved a grant to research and develop protocol to improve the success of big game transplants to lands in the Big Bend Region of Texas and to hasten the restoration of targeted species to historic levels.
- Michael Mantheakis Safaris, Ltd. DSCF is pleased to work with Michael Mantheakis on his project to clean up and restore another RAMSAR Convention site, Lake Natron in Tanzania. The clean-up of plastic water bottles is necessary due to the fact that the water from Lake Natron is not potable, and drinking water must be imported, often in plastic bottle containers that litter this beautiful, protected and unique environment.
- NRA Foundation. DSCF approved two grants to the NRA Foundation to strengthen and expand the Youth Hunter Education Challenge regional programs in new areas. The program is specifically designed to recruit and support young hunters.
- Southern African Wildlife College. DSCF’s grant to SWAC continues long standing support for the professional hunter training program targeted at individuals from historically disadvantaged communities. DSCF grants to SAWC have also supported the anti-poaching K9 program coordinated by SAWC.
- Texas A & M Foundation – DNA collection/preservation. DSCF has approved a grant to the Texas A & M Foundation for its ongoing project to preserve genetic diversity of lions to ensure their future.
- Texas A & M Foundation – DNA equipment. DSCF approved a grant to purchase equipment designed to test ivory coming through the Houston International Airport.
- Texas Conservation Alliance. DSCF has approved a grant to the Texas Conservation Alliance, a coalition of many diverse organizations in the conservation community in support of the Alliance’s Saving Rivers and Forests Campaign.
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. DSCF has approved a grant to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the management of wildlife habitat in the North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area in Shelby County, Texas.
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation. DSCF continues DSC’s support of the Foundation’s pronghorn antelope translocation project to promote and support the Trans-Pecos pronghorn herd.
- Trinity Strand Trail. DSCF’s grant is in support of the planned environmental restoration of the old Trinity River channel (before the levees were built and the river channel was relocated) that will bisect the hard surface and soft surface legs of the Trinity Strand Trail in the Dallas Design District.
- The Wildlife Society. DSCF continues DSC’s support of the Wildlife Society with a grant for the Society’s Leadership Institute to provide training to early career wildlife professionals.
- Zambeze Delta Safaris. DSCF approved a grant to ZDS and Mark Haldane to help fund the ZDS anti-poaching patrol, over the ZDS concessions in Mozambique. DSCF has also supported ZDS’s anti-poaching efforts through various directed donations made to DSCF.
- Zambia Lion Project. DSCF has approved a grant to conduct lion and leopard surveys in the Lower Zambezi Valley to be overseen by Dr. Paula A. White.
- Zululand Rhino Reserve. DSCF has made several grants to Zululand Rhino Reserve. ZRR operates a black rhino orphanage/rehabilitation facility in South Africa.
- Elena Rubino – University of Florida doctoral study. DSCF approved a grant to assist Elena with her doctoral thesis study. Funding will be used to collect economic data, implement surveys and conduct field work to study commercial ranching of rhino in an effort to combat the rapid decline in numbers due to poaching. The lifting of the CITES rhino horn trade ban will be studied and analyzed as a tool to combat attrition and decline resulting from poaching.
- Youth Target Foundation. DSCF approved a grant to YTF to promote youth hunting and shooting sports and purchase ammunition, ear/eye protection and equipment for YTF’s dove and quail clinics.
- Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association. DSCF continued DSC’s support of ZPHGA by approving a grant for the study of leopard in Zimbabwe, including game camera counts and research.
- Wild Sheep Foundation. DSCF approved a grant to WSF for the establishment of a range-wide repository for wild sheep biological samples and associated data. Said samples and data are essential to collaborative and integrated management and research on wild sheep population structuring and the prevalence of, and risk for, disease throughout the wild sheep geographic range.
- Conservation Visions. DSCF continues DSC’s support for the North American office of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods committee of the IUCN. DSC was the original supporter of the SULi North American office and recognizes and supports the important efforts of SULi in the context of sustainable use on the international stage.
- University of Alberta. DSC continues DSC’s support of the research performed at the University of Alberta on management and conservation of Sitatunga in Uganda.
- Maninga Conservancy. DSCF approved a grant to the Conservancy to build and maintain an electrified fence to combat livestock predation and retaliatory killing on lions in the Maninga Conservancy and Doma Safari area, in furtherance of DSCF’s initiatives to combat unregulated wildlife loss due to human/wildlife conflict.
- RIFA Education Camps. DSCF approved a grant to repair and upgrade the roof on structures in the camp where Zimbabwe youth are taught conservation issues and methods to preserve the Zimbabwe wildlife heritage and environment, including lessons on how hunting helps conservation of wildlife.
- Bubye Valley Conservancy. DSCF approved a grant to BVC, the home of one of the largest lion populations in Zimbabwe, to study and manage BVC’s lion populations. Specifically, the funds will be used to purchase strobe camera traps and satellite collars.
- Texas State Rifle Association Foundation. DSCF continues DSC’s support of the Texas State Rifle Association Foundation with a grant for the Foundation’s hunter education and recruitment efforts.
- Mlambangwane Game Reserve. DSCF approved a grant to the Mlambangwane Game Reserve for development and expansion of a rhino rehabilitation center which will eventually host over 100 rhinos.
- Wildlife Protection Solutions. DSCF gained awareness of WPS at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, HI in September 2016. DSCF approved a grant in support of an innovative technology-based approach to anti-poaching efforts.
- Giraffe Conservation Foundation. DSCF approved a grant in support of the efforts of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to study declining populations and develop improved management strategies and overall understanding of the species in Uganda and Namibia. The funds will be earmarked for the purchase of research/support vehicles for use in each country