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Conservation News

Feb. 15, 2017
Meet Bird Friendly coffee producers.
heron on railing at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Feb. 10, 2017
Attaching transmitters to wild black-crowned night herons that nest at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House.
Clouded Leopard
Feb. 02, 2017
Why do clouded leopards seem to have a tough time reproducing outside of their natural habitat? As wild populations continue to dwindle, conservation scientists are working against the clock to find...
Black-footed ferret Capone
Jan. 23, 2017
A geriatric black-footed ferret named Capone was humanely euthanized Jan. 19 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). He was seven years old.
Bats flying over a tree in Myanmar
Jan. 19, 2017
Where and when will the next global health crisis occur? As part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threat program, PREDICT, scientists in Smithsonian’s Global Health Program are on the ground in Myanmar,...
Virginia Working Landscape
Jan. 18, 2017
When the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Piedmont grasslands thaw from winter’s frost and transform with spring’s arrival, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) researchers and citizen...
Mandara and Kibibi
Jan. 18, 2017
What’s the secret ingredient to primate development? Milk! Whether the infant is a human, gorilla or orangutan, all primates depend upon mom’s milk. But, how similar are milk nutrients, hormones and...
Jan. 12, 2017
Tracking pacific loons from two breeding populations in Alaska.
Jan. 10, 2017
Following endangered Kirtland's warblers from Michigan to the Bahamas.
Kiwi chick
Dec. 22, 2016
The first three brown kiwi chicks to hatch from eggs laid and incubated at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) have received names. The male chicks are Hari (hatched May 10), Kaha (...
arctic ground squirrel
Dec. 15, 2016
Ancient DNA testing has proved the Arctic ground squirrel—believed to have been introduced to Alaska’s Chirikof Island in the early 18th century—has actually been part of the island ecosystem for at...
Aerial view of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Dec. 07, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Wilson College have formed a partnership that will provide academic opportunities for Wilson students and help develop future generations of...
Dr. Yaoyao Mathura and Dr. Marc Valitutto examine an endangered big-headed turtle.
Nov. 14, 2016
On Nov. 7 2016, approximately 800 big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) were confiscated from Chinese traders arrested in Tachileik, Myanmar. Dr. Marc Valitutto of Smithsonian Global Health...
Wild-born scimitar-horned oryx calf and mother in Chad
Nov. 04, 2016
I traveled to the United Arab Emirates in early October to work on the second release of Scimitar-horned Oryx with our collaborators from the Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi (EAD).
Manakin
Nov. 04, 2016
SCBI's Center for Conservation and Sustainability is in Peru's Amarakaeri Communal Reserve recording how life is responding to an area of the forest designated for natural gas exploration....
four researchers wearing coveralls and masks standing in a forest
Oct. 14, 2016
Smithsonian Global Health (SGH), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PREDICT program, aims to strengthen developing countries’ ability to detect, control and prevent...
male gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) defends his hatchlings in the Chambal River, Uttar Pradesh
Oct. 14, 2016
As a part of the Smithsonian’s mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian Global Health is a contributor to the partnership between the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology...
a local herder welcomes a newborn camel calf named “Devin” in honor of Dr. Tunseth
Oct. 14, 2016
In Kenya, the Smithsonian Institution maintains a close collaboration with the Mpala Research Center and Ranch (MRC) located in Laikipia County.
Dr. Kali Holder examines rhino histology slides in Nairobi, Kenya.
Oct. 14, 2016
When a mysterious disease emerged in Kenyan black and white rhinos, Dr. Kali Holder headed Kenya to examine samples and train technicians in sample processing, hoping to discover clues to the cause...
SCBI scientists core dead trees to determine why they died.
Oct. 13, 2016
If you want to understand why trees are dying, just ask Kristina Anderson-Teixeira.
White-naped crane chick and parent
Oct. 10, 2016
For many endangered species, their future is only as promising as their genes are diverse. Genetic diversity is key to a population that is self-sustaining and can more effectively fight off disease.
Zoo veterinarians obtain a blood sample from an orangutan.
Oct. 10, 2016
What’s a zoo to do when an orangutan has the sniffles? Treatment depends on whether the infection is viral or bacterial, says Priscilla Joyner, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI’...
Mother and baby eld's deer sitting in hay inside a barn
Oct. 04, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed an Eld’s deer fawn Oct. 2 around 4:30 p.m. Both the fawn and her mom Sienna appear to be doing well and the fawn is nursing.
aerial view of SCBI campus
Sep. 16, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., will open to the public for its annual Autumn Conservation Festival Oct. 1 and 2.
Jonathan D. Ballou headshot
Sep. 10, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is proud to announce Jonathan D. Ballou, research scientist emeritus, has received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)’s...