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Conservation Ecology Center

Using basic and applied science to conserve species and ecosystems worldwide
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Conservation Ecology Center

The Conservation Ecology Center innovates tools and models to conserve species, landscapes and ecosystems in 38 countries across the globe. Its experts develop strategies to save species, including Asian elephants, giant pandas, scimitar-horned oryx, Przewalski’s horses, swift foxes and bison. Its scientists measure human impact on biodiversity and lead efforts to mitigate the effects of global development and climate change on the world's ecosystems.

Conservation News

Jan. 12, 2021
Since the 1960s, we have lost more than 1% of black-billed and yellow-billed cuckoos each year.... read more
Jan. 07, 2021
In the midst of the pandemic, as the story goes, a team set out to bring swift foxes back to a land... read more

2018-2019 Annual Report

The Conservation Ecology Center's 2018-2019 Annual Report presents an overview of the advanced technology and conservation initiatives that the team brings to bear to solve the global biodiversity crisis.

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Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction

Scimitar-horned oryx once ranged across most of North Africa but are now considered extinct in the wild. Smithsonian scientists are part of a collaborative effort to return oryx to part of their former range.

Asian Elephant Conservation

Asian elephants face critical threats throughout their range. Through satellite tracking and conflict management, scientists are working to save them.

Restoring America's Wild Prairie

Smithsonian scientists are collaborating with the American Prairie Reserve to protect and restore one of North America's greatest treasures — the prairie.