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.

To Track a Tapir

A team of conservationists have begun work in the Paraguayan Chaco, including a Conservation Nation-funded, two-year project to track and study Lowland tapirs.

An Elephant Feat

Conservation Nation “footed the bill” for a high-tech thermography camera to study Asian elephants’ feet as part of ongoing pachyderm research. Learn about how a world-renowned researcher is using this device in Myanmar.

First Set of Meadowlarks Take Flight

Earlier this summer, Conservation Nation began purchasing tiny high-tech GPS tracking devices to outfit eastern meadowlarks—the transmitters are smaller than a dime and weigh less than four grams, so they won’t hinder birds in flight. Thanks to these bits of avian-friendly tech, Smithsonian researchers will soon know the path of a depleting population of songbirds as they migrate up and down the East Coast. Tagged eastern meadowlarks have taken flight, and researchers await their first round of data this month.

Experts Unite to Save Cheetahs

Meet Morgan. With Conservation Nation’s support, she’s studying Cheetah scat in the wild, learning about the microbes that live in cheetahs’ digestive systems. That way, researchers can cater cheetah diets to avoid diseases and ensure this species has a future in the wild.

Flamingo Expedition Set for August

Last year, Conservation Nation fundraised to outfit 10 wild Andean flamingos in remote Argentina with solar-powered satellite transmitters. Now researchers are forging ahead with the project, thanks to Conservation Nation’s support, with a collaborative expedition planned to tag the birds this August.

The Sunscreen Dilemma

To apply sunscreen or not to apply sunscreen—that is the question. And for many of the conservation-minded, the answer can be complicated. According to the National Park Service, 6,000 tons of sunscreen are likely washing off beachgoers and harming coral reefs yearly.

Protecting a Symbol

The Red Siskins’ population plummeted a century ago because of a lucrative European pet trade, with some estimating that, at one time, fewer than 200 birds remained in their natural habitat. Progress has been made since then, thanks in large part to the Red Siskin Initiative.

Rhino Rescue

Conservation Nation is funding a four-day workshop this October for the top minds in the field to gather in Laikipia, Kenya, and share knowledge about how to best protect, monitor and research rhinos in the wild.

Saving Dolphins in Peru

Eavesdropping on cetaceans—someone’s got to do it. And thanks to Conservation Nation, and supporters like you, that someone is going to be marine biologist Dr. Ximena Velez-Zuazo and her team.

Scientists Spread the Word about 2019’s Projects

Conservation Nation scientists were on hand to represent the five 2019 showcase projects at ZooFari: Bite Night, a benefit for wildlife sponsored by GEICO, on May 16.