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Center for Species Survival News

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.
oryx running in the wild
Aug. 16, 2016
Oryx are back in the wild! The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, the government of Chad and the Sahara Conservation Fund released the first scimitar-horned oryx back to their native grasslands Sunday,...
elephant holding block in the yard outside of the Elephant Community Center
Jul. 12, 2016
What affects an elephant’s ability to get pregnant? Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) set out to solve that mystery.
Jul. 11, 2016
Nearly one-third of all amphibian species globally are at risk of going extinct.
Kiwi baby held by scientist
Jul. 11, 2016
For the first time, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)'s kiwi pair are parents! Keeper Wesley Bailey reveals how a strict diet helped dad Ngati Hine Tahi get in shape and resulted...
A tenuis spawning
Jun. 30, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists are working furiously to beat the bleaching clock and cryopreserve coral. But, they’ve run into a wall: bleaching is causing coral to...
corals growing in lab
Oct. 15, 2015
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oryx herd on slope
Sep. 30, 2015
In summer 2015, th
cheetah cub in lawn
Sep. 30, 2015
Why is it difficult to breed cheetahs in human care?
Dec. 01, 2013
For more than 50 years, Smithsonian scientists collected and stored frozen biomaterials (such as DNA, tissues, germplasm) from a vast array of animal and plant species.
Feb. 27, 2013
In addition to the research Zoo scientists and their Chinese colleagues conduct on giant pandas, they also study red pandas. In this update Dr.
Jan. 18, 2013
One of the biggest questions scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) were working hand-in-hand with their colleagues in China to understand in the late 1990s was: why are...
Aug. 02, 2010
One of Japan's "special natural treasures" is now among the National Zoo's most valued scientific gems, after a voyage that has united two cultures in an international conservation effort.
Aug. 02, 2010
As frogs around the world continue to disappear—many killed by a rapidly spreading disease called chytridiomycosis, which attacks the skin cells of amphibians—one critically endangered species has...
Jun. 01, 2010
When you ponder the enormity of the situation we’re in: the biggest mass extinction of