News and Updates

Reduced Course Fees Now Available for Applicants from “Less Developed” Nations

Posted: December 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm, Last Updated: January 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The School of Conservation is excited to announce that citizens of “less-developed nations” may now take advantage of significantly reduced course fees for our professional training courses. The School feels strongly that professionals working to conserve biodiversity and natural ecosystems should have access to our programs from anywhere around the globe. We hope these reduced rates allow us to provide our unique training opportunities to even more professionals from some of the world’s most biodiverse countries, increasing SMSC’s positive impact on global conservation efforts.

Although there is no single agreed-upon standard …

Alumni Highlights: Orville Grey and Jamaica’s commitment to climate change adaptation

Posted: November 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm, Last Updated: November 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

After more than 5 years of preparation and planning, Jamaica has recently established a new Division of its national government specifically focused on Climate Change. The new Climate Change Division now resides within the renamed Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change. Broadly the Division is tasked with coordinating climate change issues and goals across all levels of the government, the NGO community and private sector. One of the first key roles of the Division will be to establish a national climate change database that will serve …

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 …