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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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rhino in grass with acacia tree in foreground

Rhino Rescue

Kenya is home to most of the critically endangered eastern black rhinos—and the only remaining northern white rhinos. With so few left in the wild,

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banded red siskins in tree

Protecting a Symbol

The dedicated folks at the Red Siskin Initiative are unflappable. With Conservation Nation’s support, the initiative has focused its energies on commencing daily conservation activities

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Dusky Dolphin swimming along the Kaikoura Coast.

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.

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Andean bear mother with cub

Machu Picchu’s Shaggy Star

The “spectacled” Andean Bear already stands out, thanks to distinctive eyeglass-shaped facial markings and its newfound celebrity status as none other than the movies’ Paddington

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Marc Valitutto examining a pangolin

Marc Valitutto, V.M.D.

Dr. Marc Valitutto is a wildlife veterinarian for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program. As the Asia field veterinary manager, Dr. Valitutto focuses on

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