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.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists analyzed the genes of these great cats in the Satpura-Maikal landscape—a 15,000 square kilometers area composed of four interconnected reserves: Kanha, Satpura, Melghat and Pench. From April-June 2009 and November 2009-May 2010, they collected scat (fecal matter) and hair samples for DNA analysis. This data, combined with India’s forest ecology history, enabled SCBI scientists to construct a definitive picture of how habitat loss affects the genetic diversity and gene flow of cat populations. Published in Evolutionary Applications and Proceedings of the Royal Society B, their research demonstrates that an intact forest corridor is vital for maintaining gene flow in these great cats. more
Companion study finds young obese monkeys more likely to have pancreas problems. more