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  • Saving what remains
    With many species at the brink of extinction, SCF’s top priority is
    saving what remains. It is vital to get resources into the field and
    create positive incentives to conserve. Campaigning vigorously
    against unsustainable use, SCF strives to find solutions that will
    allow people to draw benefit from their natural resources without
    compromising their long-term survival.
  • Communicating the crisis
    Deserts are not barren wastelands. They are geographically
    spectacular, culturally rich, and home to an amazing array of
    exquisitely-adapted plants and animals, many of which require
    urgent attention. SCF works to dispel the ignorance surrounding
    deserts, to raise awareness of the extinction crisis facing many
    species, and to mobilize support for desert conservation.
  • Restoring lost species
    Were it not for zoos and private collections,
    the scimitar-horned oryx would be extinct today.
    Thanks to the vision, leadership and resources
    of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, together
    with precious animals from the collection of His Highness,
    the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,
    the oryx is being safely reintroduced to
    its former rangelands in central Chad.

SCF Programmes


Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction

“The return of the oryx to Chad is a dream come true. I saw this magnificent antelope disappear and am proud to be associated with its restoration thanks to the vision, leadership and resources of the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi and the support of the Chadian people.”
John Newby, CEO of SCF

Addax Conservation

“Ensuring the survival of the addax by protecting and monitoring the remaining populations in Niger (Termit, Tin Toumma) and Chad (Eguey)” ,
Dr Thomas Rabeil, Co-chair of the Science & Conservation Committee

Giraffe Conservation

“Our goal is to ensure the long-term survival of the last West African Giraffes”
Dr Thomas Rabeil
Science and Conservation Committee

Dama Gazelle Conservation

“Our goal is to halt and reverse the decline in numbers of Dama gazelles by stopping poaching and increasing available secure habitat with support from local pastoral communities”
Dr David Mallon, Member of the Science & Conservation Committee and Co-Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission / Antelope Specialist Group

Health Care Missions

"The goodwill and cooperation generated by the activities funded by these campaigns has proven invaluable to date in establishing a productive and receptive relationship with the nomadic people living in and around the reserve” ,
Jean-Marie Weber, Board Member and President of l’Afrique à Coeur

Birds & Conservation

North African Ostrich Project

“Our goal is to Restore the North African ostrich in Niger through captive breeding, reintroduction and cooperation with local partners”
Bill Houston, Vice-Chair of SCF

Vulture Conservation

“Vultures contribute to the optimal functioning of a fragile ecosystem and their conservation in the Sahel and the Sahara has become a top priority to stop the dramatic decline”
Dr Tim Wacher, Member of the Science & Conservation Committee

Arabian Bustard Monitoring

“Our goal is to sensitize local people including traditional hunters and implement conservation measures to tackle the ongoing decline of the Arabian bustard in the Sahel and Sahara based on better understanding of habitat selection and seasonal movements”
Dr Yves Hingrat, Member of the Science & Conservation Committee


Saharan Carnivores Project

Antelopes Reintroduction in Tunisia

Pan Saharan Wildlife Survey