Partial Early Closing Sept. 1: Areas of the Zoo will close at 1 p.m. in preparation for Grapes with the Apes. More information can be found on the Hours page.


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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) plays a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI spearheads research programs at its headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. SCBI scientists tackle some of today’s most complex conservation challenges by applying and sharing what they learn about animal behavior and reproduction, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation sustainability.

Please Note: The SCBI facility in Front Royal, Virginia is closed to the public, with the exception of the annual Autumn Conservation Festival.

Conservation News

Aug 16, 2016
Oryx are back in the wild! The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, the government of Chad and the Sahara... read more
Aug 3, 2016
What is it like to see a gorilla in the wild? Get a glimpse of gorillas on their own turf, thanks... read more
Jul 12, 2016
What affects an elephant’s ability to get pregnant? Scientists from the Smithsonian... read more

SCBI Animals

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

Support SCBI

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, a breeding, research and training facility with outposts around the globe, saves species using science.

Virginia Working Landscapes

Virginia Working Landscapes is a network of conservation organizations and local landowners led and overseen by SCBI and partners. Together, they work to protect Virginia’s natural biodiversity and promote sustainable land-use practices.

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation offers a range of compelling residential, hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in conservation biology for undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals.