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A black-tailed prairie dog stands near its burrow.

Ecologists Dig Prairie Dogs, And You Should Too

July 14th, 2020, 9:30AM
A hundred feet above the forest floor and dense with leaves and plants, the rainforest canopy is a challenging place to study. It’s hard to observe from the ground and difficult for researchers to access, so conservation biologist Tremie Gregory learned to climb trees.
Animu and Giha’s male Guam kingfisher chick at 23 days old.
Bozie (left) and Shanthi (right) may be from different family groups, but they have built a lasting friendship.

How Do You Encourage Elephants to Build Positive Relationships?

June 2nd, 2020, 12:12PM
Clouded leopard cubs Jilian and Paitoon made their debut at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in September 2019.

School is in Session for Clouded Leopard Cubs

May 19th, 2020, 1:03PM
One of the common species Bird House keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are working to better understand is the wood thrush — the official bird of Washington, D.C.
Head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Scott Sillett.

Birds Connect Our World

May 6th, 2020, 3:27PM
Female Guam kingfisher Giha at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Guam kingfishers are extinct in the wild, but scientists are working to change that by breeding the species for release in the near future.
A female Guam kingfisher at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in 2012.

Guam Kingfishers: A Truly Rare Breed

April 21st, 2020, 11:05AM
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's

Preparing for Cheetah Cubs

April 7th, 2020, 9:50AM