West Texas Safari Club Donates to Scholarship Endowment at BRI

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Olivia Gray and Daniel Wilcox

The West Texas Chapter of Safari Club International has made a $5,000 donation to support an endowed scholarship at the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross State University. The endowment was set up by the West Texas chapter in 2014 and has been supporting students ever since.

This year’s scholarship recipients are graduate students Daniel Wilcox and Olivia Gray. Wilcox’s thesis project is investigating the impact of aoudad expansion into native bighorn and mule deer range. Gray is studying the dietary overlap of aoudad, desert bighorn sheep and mule deer in the Trans-Pecos.

“The West Texas Chapter of Safari Club International aims to keep a large portion of the funds we raise for local use,” said Brandon Bredemeyer, Board President of the West Texas Chapter of Safari Club International. “It makes sense for us to invest in the education of future conservation scientists whose research benefits projects where we live, work and enjoy the outdoors. We see it as an investment in our future that will benefit future generations of outdoor enthusiasts.”

The West Texas chapter has donated more than $300,000 to Borderlands Research Institute over the last 15 years, supporting a variety of research projects along with the endowed scholarships.

“We are incredibly grateful for the longstanding support of the West Texas chapter,” said Dr. Louis Harveson, who is the Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., BRI Endowed Director and professor of Wildlife Management at Sul Ross State University. “The scholarship endowment will be supporting future conservation professionals for years to come.”

Since 2007, the Borderlands Research Institute has encouraged effective land stewardship of the Chihuahuan Desert. Housed at Sul Ross State University, the Borderlands Research Institute builds on a long-lasting partnership with private landowners, the university’s natural resource program, cooperating state, federal, and non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. Through research, education, and outreach, the Borderlands Research Institute is helping to conserve the last frontier of Texas and the Southwest.