Capacity Building and Training

A group of three researchers hold a net and examine it for insects during a field project in Kenya

Today’s conservation challenges are greater than ever before. Thousands of species all over the world face extinction, and many fragile ecosystems are in danger. Every day, researchers learn more about how human and animal diseases can cause worldwide health and conservation issues.

The Global Health Program has created comprehensive training programs to protect Earth’s ecosystems and species, and to promote global health awareness. Through fellowships, internships and training courses, GHP offers opportunities to train in situ and ex situ with world leaders in wildlife health and conservation.


Advancing Care in Panda Medicine in China

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or Chengdu Panda Base, is a Chinese institution renowned for advances made in the propagation of giant pandas — one of the world’s most charismatic and endangered species.

International Exchange Program

The Global Health Program trains veterinarians at the human-wildlife interface to improve engagement in modern One Health techniques.

Rhino Conservation and Medicine

Smithsonian scientists are conducting a rhinoceros medicine workshop in Kenya and investigating a skin infection plaguing the endangered black rhinoceros.

Training Courses

The Global Health Program offers training programs that cover issues ranging from wildlife health and lab diagnostics to outbreak investigations.

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Changing Landscapes Initiative

Smithsonian scientists work alongside community members in Northwestern Virginia to evaluate the impacts of land-use change on wildlife, ecosystem services and community health.

Coral Biobank Alliance

Smithsonian scientists are part of the Coral Biobank Alliance, a global network of coral experts preserving corals for restoration and research.

Coral Species Cryopreserved with Global Collaborators​

View a list of the coral species that have been cryopreserved using a technique developed by Smithsonian scientists.

Wildebeest Conservation

Conservation Ecology Center scientists are tracking the movements of white-bearded wildebeest to understand how changes across the landscape impact the species.

Protecting Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes

In 2022, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will begin a new research project to help protect endangered piping plovers from predation by merlins.

Swift Fox Recovery

Smithsonian scientists, in collaboration with the Fort Belknap Fish and Wildlife Department, are embarking on a five-year swift fox reintroduction project to restore swift foxes to tribal lands and to help reestablish connectivity between disjointed swift fox populations.

Conserving the World’s Largest Working Wetland

Conservation Ecology Center researchers are collaborating with institutions in Brazil and other Smithsonian colleagues to support sustainable cattle ranching in the Pantanal wetland.