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Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, Inc.

aka RSCF



RSCF is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving biodiversity through grass-roots conservation programs rooted in sound science. RSCF employs the "flagship species" concept to identify and conserve high-profile, priority species in order to leverage protection for the ecosystems they represent. Propagation and management of such flagship species, along with field-based research and habitat protection, are ultimately directed toward long-term biodiversity preservation at a regional level. RSCF provides consulting and technical services to governments and conservation/research organizations engaged in conservation initiatives, and forms educational, scientific, and economic partnerships to expedite habitat and species preservation projects.

Ruling Year



Dr. Paul Reillo

Main Address

1222 E RD



conservation, habitat, protection, wildlife, parrots, primates, antelope, rainforest





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

RSCF focuses on real-time conservation crisis, developing strategies to prevent species extinction.

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Our programs

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Red-browed Amazon Recovery

Mountain Bongo Recovery Project

Tropical Conservation Institute at RSCF

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Develop captive breeding and husbandry strategies for critically endangered wildlife to prevent species extinction, while also working with agencies and organizations in situ to establish protected areas, national parks and land management policy for future species repatriation to the wild.

Establish strong partnerships with in situ and ex situ agencies, governments and institutions focused on preventing species extinction. Develop innovative captive breeding and husbandry guidelines for critically endangered species to prevent extinction. Develop recovery and repatriation strategies to return species to the wild.

RSCF is a scientific organization staffed with biologists and field technicians well-versed in current conservation programs and strategies. We have established strong partnerships with universities, NGOs, zoological institutions and governmental agencies in every country we work in to ensure programs continue with or without RSCF support.

Program longevity. RSCF strives to create ongoing, self-sustaining conservation programs that continue beyond our direct involvement. Program success is measured in time.

Establishment of the Morne Diablotin National Park on Dominica in the year 2000. For over 30 years RSCF had worked with the Department of Forestry on Dominica to protect their national bird, the critically endangered Imperial Amazon Parrot. Mountain Bongo Repatriation Project. Creating a self-sustaining, US captive population of the critically endangered Mountain Bongo Antelope for repatriation to Kenya. In 2004 RSCF returned 18 bongo to Kenya to help sustain an insitu captive breeding population of bongo for eventual release into the Aberdares National Park. More bongo will be returned in 2019 and 2020. Red-browed Amazon Recovery Program. Less than 100 Red-brows remain in the wild in Brazil. For over 25 years RSCF has been raising Red-brows in captivity while working with partners in Brazil to survey habitat and establish an insitu breeding program for the species. Over 150 Red-brows have been raised at RSCF and new partnerships have evolved within the US zoological community to maintain the species with the goal of repatriation to Brazil within the next five years. Partnership with Florida International University (FIU) and US facility expansion. FIU and RSCF have joined forces to create the Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI), uniting conservation leaders, students and researchers to conserve and recover critical species and biodiversity-rich ecosystems. An innovative collaboration between Florida International University and the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation integrating conservation zoology, hands-on project implementation and professional development. RSCF's newly expanded Florida facility n ow offers student/reasearchers housing, meeting and conference space, and facilities for real-time wildlife veterinary training and development. War on Wildlife--Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade. With rare exception, every species RSCF is working with is under the constant pressure of illegal wildlife trade. RSCF has become a vocal voice in the fight to end the commercial trade in endangered species and will continue to do so.

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