Our Mission - Protecting Wildlife and Wild Places
RSCF is dedicated to preserving biodiversity through hands-on conservation programs rooted in sound science.
We employ the "Flagship Species" concept to identify and conserve high profile, priority species
in order to leverage protection for the ecosystems they represent.
LATEST NEWS - MERU BONGO AND RHINO CONSERVATION TRUST
Kenya on Path to Establish New Mountain Bongo and Black Rhino Sanctuary on Mt. Kenya
MERU, Kenya, Aug. 4, 2022--The Kenya Forest Service Board approved an application for a Special User License requested by the Meru County Government, Kenya, to establish a 250-acre parcel of forest land in the Mt. Kenya Forest Reserve as the first phase of a new Mountain Bongo and Black Rhino sanctuary. The National Environmental Management Authority approval process is underway.
This is good news for the IUCN red-listed Critically Endangered Mountain Bongo antelope, whose large healthy population in Florida has been propagated for repatriation back to its native Kenyan home. Robust family groups of Bongos are being raised and managed by the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF) in Florida, USA. Meru County Government is championing the new Bongo and Black Rhino Sanctuary through an ongoing Public Private People Partnership (PPPP) that helps propel Kenya's National Bongo Recovery and Action Plan (2019-2023) into tangible conservation action.
STRONG PARTNERS BUILD STRONG PROGRAMS
RSCF and FIU formally teamed in 2014 to launch a broad interdisciplinary and international conservation platform named the Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI) under FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE). In partnership with the RSCF, the Institute of the Environment in the College of Arts & Sciences addresses extinctions by empowering FIU graduates and conservation practitioners to protect ecosystems and species in the tropics and sub-tropics. TCI leverages FIU’s broad portfolio of research, education, and outreach programs focused on tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems. TCI builds upon the years of innovative and successful conservation methods and programs developed by RSCF and combine them with FIU programs to position TCI on the leading edge of tropical conservation action, education, research and outreach.