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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute 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 open to the public once a year for the annual Conservation Discovery Day (formerly known as the Autumn Conservation Festival).


About SCBI

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Since its founding in 1974, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, has celebrated many milestones, from endangered species births, to reintroductions to the wild, to revolutionary scientific studies.

Department of Animal Programs

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

Smithsonian Bird Friendly

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When you drink Bird Friendly® certified coffee, you brew a more biodiverse, sustainable world. Learn more about the only 100% organic, shade-grown coffee certification.

Field in Focus Video Series

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Follow Smithsonian scientists into the field as they work to save species around the globe.