At the Conservation Ecology Center (CEC), Zoo conservation scientists work together find ways to restore and protect at-risk wildlife species and their supporting ecosystems. Their work spans key marine and terrestrial regions throughout the world. Our biologists helped shape the field of conservation biology, and have forged and honed the cutting edge of conservation science, focusing on the biology of extinction, overabundant species, nutritional ecology, endangered landscapes, and ways to prioritize and assess conservation strategies. CEC scientists have unparalleled experience among zoos with field-based programs in identifying what endangered species need for their continued survival in real-world landscapes. An array of experts working in concert to take into accound the diverse needs of people and wildlife is the best way to stem the tide of species loss in a changing, human-dominated world.
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As rapid economic expansion continues to shape the Asian landscape on which many species depend, time is running out for conservationists aiming to save wildlife such as tigers and leopards. Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have used genetic analysis to find that the natural forest corridors in India are essential to ensuring a future for these species. According to two studies recently published in two papers, these corridors are successfully connecting populations of tigers and leopards to ensure genetic diversity and gene flow. more