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Our Conservation Stories

Check out a few stories below from our Conservation Nation grantees and supporters about the importance of our mission and why they’re standing behind us.

We’re proud of all the work we have accomplished to date helping save endangered species, but with our new mission there’s so much more to be done. We’re excited to share stories from the field as they unfold from our new Conservation Nation grantees and highlights from our new education work.

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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various colorful species of coral

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

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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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gray wolf

Saving Endangered Canids

There are 35 species of canids, including the maned wolf, dhole, African painted dog, and the critically endangered red wolf. Smithsonian scientists are using in vitro fertilization and other techniques to…

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