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Animal keeper Warren Lynch and veterinary technician Lisa Ware conduct a final exam on the Guam rails prior to shipment.
Mar. 23, 2017
After a ten-year hiatus, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) repatriated three female Guam rails to their native Guam. The birds, referred to as ko’ko’ locally, departed Virginia on...
aerial view of scbi campus
Mar. 23, 2017
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), is excited to be offering its popular course: ...
Sea otter floats on its back in the water and uses rock to open clam
Mar. 22, 2017
Tool use by sea otters to break open well-armored food is not necessarily a family matter, according to a new study published this week by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and...
Adult scimitar-horned oryx and calf in the wild in Chad
Mar. 17, 2017
A second scimitar-horned oryx calf has been born in the wild. The species has been extinct in the wild since the 1980s, but reintroductions led by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the Government of...
Eastern red-backed salamander
Mar. 16, 2017
A recent paper by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists with the Center for Species Survival found that salamanders were larger in warmer parts of their range. The scientists also...
Elephant in water
Mar. 14, 2017
With a FONZ Conservation Grant, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute scientists are able to understand the family trees of elephants at zoos around the country, as well as...
Mar. 09, 2017
The Smithsonian will convene the first Earth Optimism Summit, a three-day event featuring more than 150 scientists, thought leaders, philanthropists, conservationists and civic leaders, which will...
a clouded leopard cub rests in the gloved hands of a veterinarian
Mar. 02, 2017
On March 1, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and the Nashville Zoo announced the birth of a male clouded leopard from an artificial insemination procedure using...
kirtland's warbler sitting on a branch
Mar. 02, 2017
Using new and minute technology, Smithsonian scientists have, for the first time ever, tracked one of North America’s rarest birds―the Kirtland’s warbler―throughout its full annual cycle, revealing...
cheetah cub
Feb. 28, 2017
Join world-renowned scientists for in-depth discussions about how new technology is impacting conservation management of endangered species.
Amani and Barafu
Feb. 27, 2017
At the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), our cheetah breeding program has been very successful since its beginnings eight years ago. The cheetah breeding facility is nine acres and...
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).