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Wildlife Health Training Course in Bhutan

Three Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists left recently for the remote and mountainous Kingdom of Bhutan nestled in the Himalayas between India and China. The Smithsonian team includes the National Zoo’s chief veterinarian Suzan Murray, National Zoo veterinarian Jessica Siegal-Willott, and professional training programs manager Joe Kolowski from the Zoo’s Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability. Their mission is to conduct a critically needed training course in wildlife health and immobilization. Read more.

Global Tiger Initiative Training in Thailand

  As the fate of tigers hangs in the balance, conservationists from the SCBI and partner organizations in the Global Tiger Initiative have launched a month-long course in Thailand aimed at teaching wildlife officers, field managers, and researchers from tiger-range countries best practices to bolster the animals’ numbers. The course in Thailand brings together participants from 12 countries. Learn more.

Study: Tiger Numbers Could Triple if Large-Scale Landscapes are Protected

  Protecting core breeding sites, developing forest corridors, and providing benefits to local communities can ensure tiger population growth. Learn more.


SCBI Scientists Work in Southern Africa

  As part of SCBI’s mission to educate and train the next generation of conservationists around the globe, two of the National Zoo’s science centers have teamed up on a multi-year program to build capacity for conservation in southern Africa. In August, SCBI scientists hosted a workshop with Cheetah Conservation Botswana to assess conservation needs in the region and identify next steps.

Wild Classroom

  The Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies is part of a unique partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Institution. Students are immersed in an active research community where they live among, learn from, and work side-by-side with Smithsonian and Mason scientists and scholars.