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Conservation News

Three oryx in a field of flowers
Jul. 11, 2016
What happens when a species is restored to its rightful place in the wild? In the case of the scimitar-horned oryx, the answer to that question has been nearly 30 years in the making.
penguin swimming close-up
Jul. 11, 2016
When it comes to choosing a location for a natural gas marine terminal, PERU LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) discovered that the options are not always black and white. When their construction site...
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...
Craig Saffoe, Don Neiffer and Francisco Dallmeier at Machu Picchu
Jul. 01, 2016
Smithsonian's National Zoo scientists are all over the globe and, most recently, at the peaks of Machu Picchu, Peru!
Macaque family grooming credit Barney Wilczak
Jun. 30, 2016
For nearly 50 years, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute primatologist Wolfgang Dittus has studied and lived among the toque macaques in Sri Lanka.
Cheetah in grass
Jun. 30, 2016
As their native habitat continues to shrink, wild cheetahs are facing a drought of genetic diversity.
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...
Jun. 21, 2016
Tagging nearly 100 gray catbirds across their breeding range in Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, Springfield MA and Fort Collins CO.
Kelly and Smith with colleagues in India
Jun. 03, 2016
Zoo keeping is an ever-evolving science. That's why director Dennis Kelly and associate director of animal care sciences Brandie Smith traveled to India to collaborate, understand, and protect...
May. 26, 2016
Spring migration banding at the Clive Runnell's Mad Island Marsh Preserve.
May. 12, 2016
Examining a hormone-signaling pathway thought to underlie variation in social behavior and subsequent network structure in a cooperative lek-breeding bird, the wire-tailed manakin.
Smithsonian-tracked Ghost Bird Takes Flight
Apr. 12, 2016
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they...
Jan. 27, 2016
For the past 50 years, the number of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) that breed in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent.
Jan. 20, 2016
Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda).
Jan. 15, 2016
Examing bird-insect differences between individual species of trees on coffee farms.
Dec. 17, 2015
Investigating how non-native plants may be affecting food resources for backyard birds.
Dec. 16, 2015
SMBC studies the endemic Island Scrub-Jay on the Channel Islands.
Nov. 30, 2015
Polar bears are arctic specialists. Unfortunately, these beloved bears face a growing threat in the form of disappearing sea ice. Our senior scientist, Dr.
Oct. 29, 2015
Smithsonian's National Zoo biologist Gil Myers journeyed
corals growing in lab
Oct. 15, 2015
All of the world
Oct. 14, 2015
Pollination study in southern Costa Rica on a coffee farm.
Shrike fledgling perched. Its black mask, wings, and tail are evident. The remainder of its plumage is a pale gray and white.
Oct. 13, 2015
Seven loggerhead shrikes that hatched in
Oct. 13, 2015
What better way is there for students to learn about the environment than being immersed in it?
cheetah cub in lawn
Sep. 30, 2015
Why is it difficult to breed cheetahs in human care?
oryx herd on slope
Sep. 30, 2015
In summer 2015, th