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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

Jul. 21, 2017
Animal keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are hand-raising a dama... read more
Jul. 13, 2017
For more than 60 years, researchers have tried to successfully cryopreserve (or freeze) the embryo... 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