Conservation Nation works directly with Smithsonian scientists and researchers to impact global wildlife conservation efforts.

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Our Impact

With your fundraising donations, Conservation Nation has supported Smithsonian conservation projects around the world. While our work to erase extinction is far from over, it is important to look back and note the amazing work we’ve achieved together.

A Shrike Story

It might be tiny. It might look like any other songbird. But this Loggerhead shrike serves its dinner with a twist—impaled on a branch. Learn about how researchers are using Conservation Nation-funded tags to track this fascinating bird in the wild.


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 four-day event included presentations from the world’s premiere leaders in veterinary care, featuring both in-depth lectures and practical field demonstrations. Connections made and lessons learned at this workshop will make a difference by strengthening rhino care in the region.


To Boldly Go Where Pachyderm Conservation Has Never Gone Before

To boldly go where pachyderm conservation has never gone before! Conservation Nation has joined the broader movement to better understand animal personality by funding a Smithsonian-led project focusing on Asian elephants. This two-part project tests and tracks pachyderms in Myanmar.


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 project focusing on microbes in cheetah scat, and culminating in a graduate student’s Conservation-Nation funded trip to Namibia in two months.


A Good Problem To Have

Four years ago, scimitar-horned oryx were reintroduced to Chad. This was 30 years after the elegant two-horned animal was declared extinct in the wild. But now, thanks to a dedicated team spanning countries, oryx aren’t just roaming the dry plains of the Sahara again. They’re breeding, and their calves have grown up, and they’re breeding, too.  


Solving a Rhino Mystery

To ensure a future for black rhinos, a network of the world’s top minds are seeking the answer to this question: How does a black rhinoceros’ diet influence its health?


A Flock in Trouble

Dinosaurs are vanishing again. Except this time, they’re disappearing in the form of modern birds. According to a paper published in Science and co-authored by researchers from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, 2.9 billion birds have been lost in Canada and the United States—a 29 percent decline—since 1970.


Rhino Experts to Meet in Two Weeks

Their bags are packed. Thanks to Conservation Nation, Smithsonian scientists are headed to Kenya in two weeks for a conference uniting the world’s top rhino experts with vets who are working to save rhinos on the ground. There, they will share research and resources, including special kits designed to make it as simple as possible to capture diagnostics and samples correctly for analysis.


Red Siskin Initiative Soars to New Heights

After receiving Conservation Nation support to launch key aspects of their project, the Red Siskin Initiative (RSI) was just awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the American Bird Conservancy to continue their important work on this endangered South American bird.


Tracking Giraffes in Kenya

In 2017, scientists tagged 11 reticulated giraffes with high-tech, solar-powered, satellite transmitters. Just months later, the information gathered revealed a sobering reality—four of the animals had been poached. Even with the risks in mind, and even when the study endures tragic setbacks like animals lost to poaching, this research is key for the future of the species in the area.