News and Updates

Cheetah Cubs born at SCBI Relocate to Dallas Zoo

Posted: September 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm, Last Updated: September 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

DALLAS (AP) — Two male cheetah cubs have joined the Dallas Zoo population. Zoo officials have marked the occasion by providing them with a puppy.

The 8-week-old feline brothers, Winspear and Kamau, were born July 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

The zoo is providing them with an 8-week-old black Labrador retriever puppy named Amani. According to a zoo statement, Amani means “peace” in Swahili.

Since Labs are easygoing in public settings and since the pup will grow with the cubs, zoo experts believe he’ll …

Highlights from the inaugural offering of CONS 100!

Posted: July 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm, Last Updated: July 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Check out some highlights from our inaugural offering of CONS 100! This course is open to high school students interested in the environment and in conservation, and students in the course have the opportunity to earn 2 college credits through SMSC.

Click here to view the video!

Images are by Grascen Shidemantle and Liz Hoke (our fabulous interns!).

The video was assembled by Liz Hoke.

SMSC Professor Dr. Anneke DeLuycker documents rare birth event of little-known Andean monkey

Posted: June 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm, Last Updated: August 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Titi monkeys (genus Callicebus) are small-bodied South American primates, and they display an unusual social aspect in that they form pair-bonded groups and the male performs most of the offspring care, including carrying the infant. SMSC’s Dr. Anneke DeLuycker, who studied a group of Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), a critically endangered species endemic to a small region in northern Peru, had the lucky opportunity to witness a female titi monkey giving birth. She obtained photographs and video footage, which is the first known footage of a titi monkey giving …

SMSC program highlighted in Connect2Mason feature

Posted: June 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm, Last Updated: June 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

The Connect2Mason group recently visited our facility to find out more information about our growing undergraduate programs. The article that resulted offers a nice summary of the undergraduate semesters, and also provides a brief history of the SCBI facility at which the SMSC is based.

Note that the tours mentioned in the article are not currently being offered, but will likely start up again in the Fall.

“Mason’s Front Royal conservation site expanding…”