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Read stories about our scientists, the animals they save and the people, like you, who make it all possible.

Dr. Janine Brown

Janine Brown, Ph.D.

Janine Brown is a research physiologist and heads the endocrinology laboratory at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Brown is devoted to increasing knowledge that will lead to better management and conservation of endangered species, both in captivity and in the wild, and coordinates one of the world’s largest and most productive endocrinology laboratories that benefits wildlife species. Her research efforts are connected to the scientific disciplines of behavior, reproductive endocrinology and stress management, primarily studying reproductive and behavioral relationships

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Dr. Suzan Murray with assistant and rhino

Suzan Murray, D.V.M.

Dr. Suzan Murray is a board-certified zoo veterinarian at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and serves as both the program director of the Global Health

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Dr. Don Neiffer examining giant panda cub

Donald Neiffer, V.M.D

As chief veterinarian the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Dr. Donald Neiffer oversees, coordinates, and directs all clinical medicine and pathology operations to

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pelican flying over beach

On the Right Track

Eight of Conservation Nation’s wildlife projects have included the purchase of high-tech tracking equipment. And that’s just us. Trackers are everywhere—being used in studies on

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Dr. Maureen Kamau collecting samples in the field

Maureen Kamau, B.V.M.

Dr. Kamau is a veterinary research fellow in One Health with the Global Health Program, which takes a One Health approach to improve the lives

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rhino calf in grass with mother in background

Rhino Workshop a Success

Thanks to your support, our recent rhino workshop in Kenya brought together global conservation leaders with those saving rhinos directly in the field. The successful

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steve sarro stony point

Steven Sarro

Steven Sarro is a supervisory biologist/curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and primarily supervises the small mammal collection and the animal care stall. Sarro is responsible

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cheetah facing forward with open mouth

A Wild Cat’s Scat

To collect the poo, or not to collect the poo—that is the question. It is, anyway, for Smithsonian scientists in the midst of a conservation

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