Nearly 1,000 animals are officially endangered, and finding the resources to save them all is a difficult, if not impossible, goal. Conservationists realize that to save some species they must make decisions that may harm others. We talk with the head of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute about the future of zoos and their links to conservation.
From maned wolves and Przewalski's horses to cheetahs and Micronesian Kingfishers, see some of the endangered species at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., and the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. All photos courtesy Smithsonian National Zoo.
Scientists and curators at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute talk about their success in breeding endangered animals, such as black-footed ferrets and dama gazelles. Credit: Seth Liss for WAMU 88.5.