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Center for Species Survival

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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.

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Dec. 18, 2018
Twelve whooping cranes, one of the most endangered species of crane in the world, moved to the... read more
Dec. 12, 2018
Video Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners in... read more

Department of Animal Programs

At SCBI headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia, scientists contribute to species survival by managing threatened animal populations.