Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Saving Species Through Science
Smithsonian's National Zoo
—125 Years —
Our science came of age in the 1960s with the establishment of a Zoological Research Department to study animals in the field as well as in the Zoo. Our growth in knowledge has been exponential. Today our science-based husbandry paired with conservation research is saving wildlife from every continent.
Discoveries about elephant herpes virus gets us closer to preventing deaths in young elephants around the world.
Cryopreservation work, with procedures similar to human sperm banks, holds promise to keep animal tissue viable for hundreds of years, from corals to pandas.
Identifying the deadly chytrid fungus began the fight against extinction for one-third of all frog species.
Besides critical breeding successes, like giant panda, cheetah, Cuban crocodile and kiwi, the Zoo has made significant conservation science breakthroughs for endangered species.
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Location. 38° 55.826′ N, 77° 3.238′ W. Marker is in Smithsonian National Zoo, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Olmsted Walk. Touch for map. On the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conservation Geography (within shouting distance of this marker); Black and Gray Squirrels (within shouting distance of this marker); Olmsted Walk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Redwood (about 500 feet away); Bison and the National Zoo (about 600 feet away); And Then There Were (Almost) None (about 600 feet away); Meet Our Bison (about 700 feet away); Feeding Times at the Zoo (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
Categories. • Animals • Science & Medicine •
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