Center for Species Survival

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Center for Species Survival

Center for Species Survival

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Species Survival (CSS) is a collaborative group of scientists and animal care professionals that conducts basic and applied research, especially in the fields of reproductive and welfare sciences, and animal and biomaterials management, to understand biological mysteries and implement practical solutions to help rare species survive. Since 1983, CSS scientists have pioneered innovative approaches to solve wildlife conservation problems around the world, with the goal of avoiding extinction and creating methods to sustain viable wildlife populations—in zoos and the wild.

Center News

Jun. 01, 2017
Ninety Limosa harlequin frogs (Atelopus limosus) bred in human care are braving the elements of the... read more
Apr. 14, 2017
When researchers discovered Craugastor evanesco in the rainforests of Panama, they called it the... read more

Department of Animal Programs

cheetah cub and mom The Department of Animal Programs team currently manages 12 mammal and nine bird species in 24 specialized barns and building complexes spread over more than 1,000 acres at the Smithsonian... read more