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Conservation News

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...
Sep. 10, 2016
Thank you Kris for that very kind introduction. 
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,...
Gorilla in Gabon by David Korte
Aug. 03, 2016
What is it like to see a gorilla in the wild? Get a glimpse of gorillas on their own turf, thanks to our Gabon Biodiversity Program (GBP). In Gabon’s National Park, Smithsonian Conservation Biology...
Jul. 19, 2016
Surveys have been conducted at Hubbard Brook since 1999 to better understand how birds respond to a changing environment.
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.
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.