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.
BREAKING NEWS - MERU BONGO AND RHINO CONSERVATION TRUST
A major endeavor is underway to restore two iconic mammals to the Mt. Kenya ecosystem. The newly formed Meru Bongo and Rhino Conservation Trust leads a broad collaboration with Meru County Government, Ntimaka and Kamulu Community Forest Associations, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (Florida, USA) and Florida International University’s Tropical Conservation Institute to coordinate the recovery of Mountain Bongo Antelope and Black Rhinoceros. Both are critically endangered flagship species that have disappeared from Mt. Kenya’s forests but now have renewed hope in the wild thanks to aggressive protection, proven conservation science and conservation breeding, and effective population management.
As part of Kenya’s comprehensive, national vision for bongo and rhino, the Trust will oversee the development and management of a proposed new sanctuary on Mt. Kenya, infusing breeding bongo and rhino populations across ~139 km2 of the species’ historical mountain range in which Kenya Forest Service has been approached to issue a long term special user license. The proposed sanctuary will receive bongo antelope from the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF) in Florida, which has successfully propagated bongo for over 30 years and long supported bongo conservation in Kenya. This process will be guided and anchored on the elaborate procedures directed by the Kenya Wildlife Service.
How We Work - Conservation in Real Time
Our world is changing. Global pandemics, climate change, habitat loss, pollution, natural resource management and sustainability, illegal wildlife trade along with human/wildlife conflict are but a few of the difficult challenges facing wildlife conservation. RSCF's team of scientists, researchers and partners use current fact-based, scientific research and methods to identify and develop real-time strategies to save wildlife and wild places.
Working with our partners, science teams and staff, RSCF develops actionable conservation strategies to protect species and habitats in peril. Capacity building, collaboration, breeding and recovery programs, protected area policies, and training to combat illegal wildlife trade are just a few examples of conservation planning at work. Minimizing bureaucracy is key to creating conservation programs that lead to action and results.
RSCF is not encumbered by complex administration. We focus on conservation priorities and spend time and money where it matters most--directly benefiting wildlife. From field work in a particular place, habitat acquisition, or endangered species husbandry, we act swiftly and decisively with the understanding that critical species and environments simply cannot wait for a bureaucratic process to devise a strategy to help them.
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.
Dominica Parrot Controversy after Hurricane Maria
RSCF, along with over 40 national and international researchers, veterinarians, and conservation leaders are continuing to express grave concerns regarding the March 17, 2018 transfer of endemic, rare parrots from Dominica to Germany. In the link below, read the latest communications, including a link to questionable CITES documents, shared on May 1, 2018 with the Executive Director of the United Nations Programme as well as representatives within CITES, the government of Dominica, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the European Union.
January 24, 2019
Birds Caribbean publishes a follow-up to The Guardian in-depth reporting on the removal of parrots from Dominica to Germany.