The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's dedicated staff are at the forefront of shaping the world’s understanding of animals and their habitats. Their amazing accomplishments are constantly improving animal husbandry and welfare, increasing global knowledge about the biology, health, behavior and ecology of wildlife, and—through scientific breakthroughs—are ensuring that species considered endangered today are around for future generations tomorrow.
They are animal keepers, veterinarians, nutritionists and researchers. Wildlife conservation is their passion. And, they are women.
The Zoo and SCBI are proud to participate in the Because of Her Story initiative, which uses technology to amplify a diversity of women’s voices—not in one gallery or museum, but throughout the Smithsonian’s many museums, research centers, cultural heritage affiliates and wherever people are online—reaching millions of people around the world.
This page will be updated throughout the year, highlighting the work of women scientists who are making a difference for wildlife. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #BecauseOfHerStory.