Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) plays a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI spearheads research programs at its headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. SCBI scientists tackle some of today’s most complex conservation challenges by applying and sharing what they learn about animal behavior and reproduction, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation sustainability. 
SCBI scientists study and breed more than 20 species at their headquarters, including those that were once extinct in the wild, like black-footed ferrets and scimitar-horned oryx. Its major research initiatives are organized into five science centers: Conservation Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability, Conservation Genomics, Migratory Birds, and Species Survival. Other initiatives include the Global Tiger Initiative, Virginia Working Landscapes, and the Global Health Program. Their work doesn’t stop at the gates of SCBI. Approximately 250 SCBI scientists and students collaborate with colleagues in more than 25 countries.
Front Royal, Virginia


5 square miles

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Target Species


David Wildt, PhD.
Senior Scientist and Head of SCBI

Dr. David Wildt is a Senior Scientist and Head of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Dr. Wildt also serves as a Director and the Chairman-Elect for the C2S2 Board of Directors.

Budhan Pukazhenthi, PhD.
Senior Scientist

Dr. Pukazhenthi is a Senior Scientist at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute whose research revolves around endangered species. Dr. Pukazhenthi also serves as an Observer to the C2S2 Board of Directors.

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