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Sahara Conservation Fund

The mission of the Sahara Conservation Fund is to conserve the wildlife, habitats and other natural resources of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands.


Their vision is of a Sahara that is well conserved and where ecological processes function naturally, with plants and animals existing in healthy numbers across their historical range; a Sahara that benefits all its inhabitants and where support for its conservation comes from stakeholders across all sectors of society.

The Power of Partnership
To implement its mission, SCF forges partnerships between people, governments, the world zoo and scientific communities, international conventions, NGOs and donor agencies. People working together with a common goal: the conservation of deserts and their unique natural and cultural heritage.

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. In an environment of growing commitment, and with an impressive number of dedicated partners, SCF is actively involved in the restoration of desert wildlife to places from which it disappeared long ago.

Saving What Remains
Poaching has brought many species to the brink of extinction. SCF’s top priority is saving what remains. 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.


In 2016 the reintroduction of 25 scimitar-horned oryx back into Chad, after an absence of 25 years was a real success story, in the past few months of 2017, 7 calves have been born in the wild (along with another 8 that were born in the pre-release pens). This is such encouraging news for a relatively inexperienced herd of animals all originating from captivity.

Oryx Release © Ayman Khalil

The SCF have also been researching and tracking the remaining small populations of addax in the Tin-Toumma desert. The wild addax populations have crashed in Niger and the SCF believe that fieldwork researching these last few wild addax is vital in finding the solutions and a way forward.


Africa Alive! has donated £3000 to the SAHARA CONSERVATION FUND in the past three years.

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Photos courtesy of Sahara Conservation Fund

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