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Media Advisory: Stamping Out Extinction Public Lecture at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

February 10, 2016

The National Zoo and National Postal Museum are teaming up with U.S. Fish and Wildlife for a free public lecture on World Wildlife Day. The lecture features Nancy Stahl and Bryan Arroyo.


Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Researchers Discover Widespread Malaria Parasite in White-Tailed Deer

February 5, 2016

In a serendipitous turn of events, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners have discovered a malaria parasite, Plasmodium odocoilei, in up to 25 percent of white-tailed deer along the East Coast of the United States. The results, published Feb. 5 in Science Advances, represent the only native malaria parasite found in mammals in the Americas and the first malaria parasite found in a deer species.

Male Przewalski’s Horse Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

February 2, 2016

A 16-year-old male Przewalski’s (shah-VAL-skee) horse named Frog died suddenly under anesthesia in preparation for a reproductive assessment at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).

Smithsonian Scientists Piece Together Puzzle of Dramatic Wood Thrush Decline

January 27, 2016

Climate Change and Habitat Loss During Full Migratory Cycle Play Complex Roles in Overall Population Health

New Smithsonian Study Highlights Effects of the El Niño Climate Cycle on Amazonian Birds

January 20, 2016

Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species.

Red Pandas Return to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

January 7, 2016

After a two-year hiatus, red pandas have returned to the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Visitors can see them at the Small Mammal House, where they will live until upgrades to the red panda exhibit on Asia Trail are completed.

New Amphibian Study Helps Smithsonian Scientists Prioritize Frogs at Risk of Extinction

January 4, 2016

Paper Provides Most Comprehensive Look at Panama’s Amphibian Crisis to Date

Male Scimitar-Horned Oryx Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

December 16, 2015

Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) humanely euthanized an elderly male scimitar-horned oryx named Dr. Bob Dec. 14. A final pathology report will provide more information in the coming weeks. Dr. Bob was 18 years old. The median life expectancy for scimitar-horned oryx in human care is 15 years.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Partnership First To Successfully Produce Healthy Domestic Puppies Via In Vitro Fertilization

December 9, 2015

After decades of attempts, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists and researchers at Cornell University have become the first to successfully use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to produce live, healthy domestic puppies from cryopreserved (frozen) embryos.


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