SCBI Animals

The following species are located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Please note that this facility is not open to the public.

About SCBI Animals

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s legacy of conservation work extends beyond the public Zoo in Washington, D.C., to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI scientists play a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists around the world. Since its founding in 1974, SCBI has celebrated many milestones, including endangered species births, reintroductions of animals to the wild and revolutionary scientific studies.

Scientists at SCBI study and breed more than 20 species, including some that were once extinct in the wild, such as black-footed ferrets and scimitar-horned oryx. Animals thrive in specialized barns and building complexes spread over more than 1,000 acres. The sprawling environment allows for unique studies that contribute to the survival of threatened, difficult-to-breed species with distinct needs, especially those requiring large areas, natural group sizes and minimal public disturbance.

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Black-footed ferret

Scientific Name: Mustela nigripes


Scientific Name: Acinonyx jubatus

Clouded leopard

Scientific Name: Neofelis nebulosa

Dama gazelle

Scientific Name: Nanger dama

Eld's deer

Scientific Name: Rucervus eldii

Guam kingfisher (sihek)

Scientific Name: Todiramphus cinnamominus

Guam rail (ko’ko’)

Scientific Name: Gallirallus owstoni

Hartmann's mountain zebra

Scientific Name: Equus zebra hartmannae

Hooded crane

Scientific Name: Grus monacha

Loggerhead shrike

Scientific Name: Lanius ludovicianus

Maned wolf

Scientific Name: Chrysocyon brachyurus

North Island brown kiwi

Scientific Name: Apteryx mantelli