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Conservation Nation TOGETHER, WE CAN FIGHT TO ERASE EXTINCTION. Conservation Nation funds Smithsonian scientists' research to save threatened species in the wild.

TOGETHER, WE CAN FIGHT TO ERASE EXTINCTION. Conservation Nation funds Smithsonian scientists' research to save threatened species in the wild. But, we do much more than that. We're a nation of supporters, including you, that are passionate about wildlife conservation in North America and around the world.

Mission: Wildlife conservation isn't easy, but together we can fight to erase extinction.

What do pangolins, tigers, Guam kingfishers and orangutans all have in common? They're the projects we are raising money...
05/15/2020

What do pangolins, tigers, Guam kingfishers and orangutans all have in common? They're the projects we are raising money to support this year! This #endangeredspeciesday we thank everyone who has helped us work to save these amazing animals! Learn more at conservationnation.org

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With Conservation Nation funding, Smithsonian scientists are working at a rehab site in the West Kalimantan province of ...
04/30/2020

With Conservation Nation funding, Smithsonian scientists are working at a rehab site in the West Kalimantan province of Borneo, studying rescued orangutans. There, they will collaborate with national veterinarians at the center and conservationists to understand why some rescued orangutans are more vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases like malaria. Help us make it possible for these experts to support orangutan rewilding efforts and prevent the spread of dangerous diseases. #conservationnation #conservationwin
https://conservationnation.org/helping-rescued-orangutans-in-borneo/

Happy #WorldPenguinDay! Thanks to our Conservation Nation supporters like you, our team-mates have built nests at Boulde...
04/25/2020

Happy #WorldPenguinDay! Thanks to our Conservation Nation supporters like you, our team-mates have built nests at Boulders Beach and Dyers Island in South Africa. These nests help African penguins have places to breed and raise their chicks, like this one! #conservationnation #conservationwin #conservationoptimism

This #earthday, we're sharing images celebrating natural landscapes, taken by the scientists we fund all over the world....
04/22/2020

This #earthday, we're sharing images celebrating natural landscapes, taken by the scientists we fund all over the world. Habitat protection is an essential component to preserving wildlife. Together, we can strive to keep habitats like the ones here -- taken during Conservation Nation-supported expeditions to the Paraguayan Chaco and the Andes -- as pristine as possible for the animals we work to save. #earthday #conservationnation #earthoptimism #conservationwin

During tough times like these good news is always helpful, and we have some for you.The Conservation Nation-funded proje...
04/14/2020

During tough times like these good news is always helpful, and we have some for you.The Conservation Nation-funded project studying marine mammals in Peru is underway! This #nationaldolphinday, we thank all our donors for helping to make this project possible.
We’ve provided funding for the acoustic equipment scientists needed to record where these animals gather near a busy maritime port. With this information, experts will be better able to propose conservation policies to protect the species. #conservationnation

We’re making it possible for Smithsonian scientists to research a rare tiger population whose mangrove-forest habitat is...
04/06/2020
Monitoring Rare Tigers in Bangladesh - Conservation Nation

We’re making it possible for Smithsonian scientists to research a rare tiger population whose mangrove-forest habitat is threatened by rapid sea-level rise. Experts will analyze DNA samples gathered from hundreds of tiger fecal samples collected in the wild, improving their understanding of this group of tigers. With our funding, these findings will be integral to preserving this endangered Bengal tiger population as its habitat vanishes. #conservationnation

Smithsonian scientists need to research a rare tiger population whose mangrove-forest habitat is threatened by rapid sea-level rise, and they need to do this as soon as possible. They will analyze DNA samples gathered from hundreds of tiger fecal samples collected in the wild, improving their unders...

This year, Conservation Nation is funding two projects led by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global He...
03/26/2020
About the Global Health Program – Conservation Nation

This year, Conservation Nation is funding two projects led by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program: one focusing on orangutans, and the other on pangolins. This program consists of a dedicated group of experts, including wildlife veterinarians, pathologists, biologists, researchers and public health specialists, who travel the world to investigate connections between people and animals.

During these difficult times, we thank Global Health experts for their important work. Learn more about them, their philosophy and the projects of theirs we help fund.

Good things come to those who conserve. Shop for Conservation Nation swag to support Smithsonian projects in the wild. C...
03/12/2020
Conservation Nation

Good things come to those who conserve. Shop for Conservation Nation swag to support Smithsonian projects in the wild. Choose from multiple designs and more than 50 items, with new designs being added all the time. Looking for a new travel mug? We got it. Shower curtain? That too. Fanny pack? You bet.

03/05/2020
Smithsonian Earth Optimism

Don’t let the headlines get you down. We share positive stories about conservation successes at the Smithsonian—you can make a difference for the planet, too. Use your voice and support crucial projects in the wild. Learn more about #earthoptimism.

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Tracking wildlife is more than a trend—it’s a critical tool scientists need to understand and protect animals. That’s wh...
02/27/2020
On the Right Track – Conservation Nation

Tracking wildlife is more than a trend—it’s a critical tool scientists need to understand and protect animals. That’s why since 2016, we’ve funded eight tracking projects, including a study of reticulated giraffes in Kenya. Learn more about this life-saving tech. #conservationnation

PhD student and cheetah researcher Morgan Maly is in Namibia. Thanks to #ConservationNation, she’s collecting scat sampl...
02/20/2020
Morgan’s Note from the Field – Conservation Nation

PhD student and cheetah researcher Morgan Maly is in Namibia. Thanks to #ConservationNation, she’s collecting scat samples from the wild that will help experts better understand cheetah diets, strengthening care of the species as its population numbers fall. Read a message from Morgan about her progress.

On this #worldpangolinday, we’re excited to announce that pangolins are a Conservation Nation priority project this year...
02/15/2020
Priorities – Conservation Nation

On this #worldpangolinday, we’re excited to announce that pangolins are a Conservation Nation priority project this year. Read about the work being done to save pangolins, and our other priorities for 2020.

It might be tiny. It might look like any other songbird. But this Loggerhead shrike serves its dinner with a twist—impal...
02/06/2020
A Shrike Story – Conservation Nation

It might be tiny. It might look like any other songbird. But this Loggerhead shrike serves its dinner with a twist—impaled on a branch. Learn about how researchers are using Conservation Nation-funded tags to track this fascinating bird in the wild.

A Shrike Story Rebecca Landau January 30, 2020 impact   A tagged loggerhead shrike chick is spotted in Winchester, Virginia. Seems like no big deal, right? Think again. That one songbird only made its way to this spot because of massive conservation efforts—and with high-tech tracking equipment p...

Because of your support, our recent rhino workshop in Kenya brought together global conservation leaders with those savi...
01/31/2020
Rhino workshop a success – Conservation Nation

Because of your support, our recent rhino workshop in Kenya brought together global conservation leaders with those saving wildlife directly in the field. The successful four-day event included presentations from the world’s premiere leaders in veterinary care, featuring both in-depth lectures and practical field demonstrations. Connections made and lessons learned at this workshop will strengthen rhino care in the region.

This #nationalbirdday, be happy as a (meadow)lark. This vibrant yellow songbird is the focus of a 2019 project tracking ...
01/05/2020

This #nationalbirdday, be happy as a (meadow)lark. This vibrant yellow songbird is the focus of a 2019 project tracking its migratory patterns across North America. With our support, scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute were recently able to tag three eastern meadowlarks.

Wishing you, your cubs, your pack – your whole ecosystem! – a wonderful holiday season and a joyous new year! #conservat...
12/24/2019

Wishing you, your cubs, your pack – your whole ecosystem! – a wonderful holiday season and a joyous new year! #conservationnation

12/19/2019
Team tags giraffe!

Is Conservation Nation helping to fund a high-tech tracking project in Kenya? You bet giraffe it is. Bravo to everyone involved in this project, including the team tagging giraffes’ ossicones in the field, and the wild, spotted patient captured here galloping to rejoin its herd. #giraffe #conservationnation

To boldly go where pachyderm conservation has never gone before ... Conservation Nation has joined the broader movement ...
12/12/2019
To Boldly Go Where Pachyderm Conservation Has Never Gone Before – Conservation Nation

To boldly go where pachyderm conservation has never gone before ... Conservation Nation has joined the broader movement to better understand animal personality by funding a Smithsonian-led project focusing on Asian elephants. This two-part project tests and tracks pachyderms in Myanmar. Get the story!

To Boldly Go Where Pachyderm Conservation Has Never Gone Before Rebecca Landau December 11, 2019 impact   Crows memorize human faces. Orcas express mourning. And that cockroach that skittered across your kitchen counter the other day? According to researchers in Belgium, that little fellow might ha...

Happy International Cheetah Day! Cheetahs can be lethal predators, caring mothers to their young, and, like creatures la...
12/04/2019
A Wild Cat’s Scat – Conservation Nation

Happy International Cheetah Day! Cheetahs can be lethal predators, caring mothers to their young, and, like creatures large and small … they poop. 💩 Get the story about a Conservation Nation-funded project analyzing cheetah scat to better understand this vulnerable cat’s diet. #cheetahpoopscoop #conservationnation #internationalcheetahday

A Wild Cat’s Scat Rebecca Landau December 4, 2019 impact   To collect the poo, or not to collect the poo—that is the question. It is, anyway, for Smithsonian scientists in the midst of a conservation project focusing on microbes in cheetah scat, and culminating in a graduate student’s Conserv...

12/03/2019

Happy Giving Tuesday! Thanks to people like you, Conservation Nation has been able to give to all our 2019 projects, which are either underway or set to start early next year. Smithsonian scientists are studying marine mammals off the coast of Peru, elephants in Myanmar, black rhinos in South Africa, tapirs in Paraguay and eastern meadowlarks in North America. #conservationnation #givingtuesday

11/28/2019
Happy Thanksgiving from Conservation Nation

Like this adorable napping anteater, many of us are doing a fair amount of post-meal snoozing today. In the spirit of the holiday, we would like to share our gratitude for your support this year, along with this video from a Conservation Nation project in Paraguay―a wild giant anteater was caught on film carrying her young pup!

Happy Thanksgiving! Like an adorable napping anteater, many of us are doing a fair amount of post-meal snoozing today. In the spirit of the holiday, we would...

Behold: oryx pioneers! A collaborative, worldwide effort reintroduced the scimitar-horned oryx to the Sahara after they ...
11/21/2019
Gather your Herd to Help Animals – Conservation Nation

Behold: oryx pioneers! A collaborative, worldwide effort reintroduced the scimitar-horned oryx to the Sahara after they had been extinct in the wild for three decades. Conservation Nation purchased GPS cameras that were attached to the oryxs' collars to help researchers’ efforts. Gather your herd to make more projects like this possible!

The eastern black rhino population declined in the 1980s to just 400 because of poaching. Thanks to the efforts of scien...
11/14/2019

The eastern black rhino population declined in the 1980s to just 400 because of poaching. Thanks to the efforts of scientists like Dr. Maureen Kamau and the support of conservationists, eastern black rhino populations are now gradually increasing, with 726 individuals in the wild as of the end of 2017. Read a Q&A with Dr. Kamau about working with rhinos in the field. https://bit.ly/2KoCNFT

11/07/2019
Capybaras caught on the tapir cam!

When you protect one species’ habitat, you help the animals that share their ecosystem. These capybaras are just one of many species spotted by camera traps as part of a Conservation Nation-funded project tracking and preserving Lowland tapirs. Get the story: https://bit.ly/36EzG61

Elephant zombies? Octopi from outer space? Discover some terrifyingly cool creatures—and a spooky fact about humans, too...
10/31/2019
Nature: A Monstery Menagerie – Conservation Nation

Elephant zombies? Octopi from outer space? Discover some terrifyingly cool creatures—and a spooky fact about humans, too. Happy Halloween from Conservation Nation!

A Mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, crawls across the black sand seafloor of Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. This rare cephalopod can mimic the behavior and shape of other marine creatures. Nature: A Monstery Menagerie Rebecca Landau October 30, 2019 blog Elephant zombies? Octopi from outer space? This...

“To help species you need to know them. Or at least where they are, how many, and for how long.” –Dr. Ximena Velez-Zuazo...
10/24/2019

“To help species you need to know them. Or at least where they are, how many, and for how long.” –Dr. Ximena Velez-Zuazo

Conservation Nation is funding not one, but three acoustic recorders for this team studying marine mammals off the coast of Peru. These recorders – and the data they provide – will be instrumental in determining how humans are interacting with animals near a busy maritime port. Start a fundraiser to support Dr. Velez-Zuazo and her team today.
https://bit.ly/33Z0PhR

10/17/2019
Caught on camera: an inquisitive tapir!

Scientists set up camera traps in Paraguay as part of a Conservation Nation-funded project, and captured this lowland tapir investigating the camera lens. The project will help Smithsonian researchers track these animals, so conservation plans can be developed to protect them.

Everyone doing a little adds up to a lot. Individual donors raised more than $5,000 as part of a private Conservation Na...
10/10/2019

Everyone doing a little adds up to a lot. Individual donors raised more than $5,000 as part of a private Conservation Nation fundraiser to benefit pangolins! These funds will help researchers purchase much-needed equipment to study this critically endangered species. Smithsonian scientist Marc Valitutto presented to a room of supporters this past Sunday—those attending the talk learned about the struggles of conservationists in the field, new developments in pangolin research and about how their contribution will make a difference.

13,000 pounds balanced on 18 pachyderm toes. Not only do Asian elephants have to deal with deforestation and poachers, b...
10/03/2019
An Elephant Feat – Conservation Nation

13,000 pounds balanced on 18 pachyderm toes. Not only do Asian elephants have to deal with deforestation and poachers, but also painful inflammation that results from their immense size, as well. That’s why Conservation Nation “footed the bill” for a high-tech thermography camera to study elephants’ feet as part of ongoing pachyderm research. Learn about how a world-renowned researcher is using this device in Myanmar.

tusker in aggressive mode An Elephant Feat Rebecca Landau August 28, 2019 impact   13,000 pounds balanced on 18 pachyderm toes.   This sums up just one challenge faced by Asian elephants as they move their huge bodies, sometimes across vast distances, and with all that weight bearing down almost e...

What’s an ossicone, you ask? You weren’t asking? Well, no matter--you’re about to find out! They’re the hornlike protrus...
09/27/2019
Tracking Giraffes in Kenya – Conservation Nation

What’s an ossicone, you ask? You weren’t asking? Well, no matter--you’re about to find out! They’re the hornlike protrusions on top of a giraffe’s head! Conservation Nation supported a collaborative giraffe-tracking effort in Kenya by purchasing five high-tech transmitters that were specially designed to attach to giraffes’ ossicones. These devices also are solar powered, extremely lightweight at just 180 grams, and can last for up to 2-4 years! Read about the project!

Our second annual The Fast & the Fierce 5k, sponsored by Aegis Project Controls, was a stampede of success Saturday, bri...
09/19/2019
Fast & Fierce 5k 2019

Our second annual The Fast & the Fierce 5k, sponsored by Aegis Project Controls, was a stampede of success Saturday, bringing crowds to downtown D.C. for a great cause. Thank you to all the conservationists – including pups and virtual runners – who participated to help endangered animals in the wild!

Photography by Rob Jinks

This rhinoceros calf is a healthy patient, thanks to Smithsonian researchers and veterinarians in Kenya! As part of a 20...
09/12/2019

This rhinoceros calf is a healthy patient, thanks to Smithsonian researchers and veterinarians in Kenya! As part of a 2018 project, vets were sent to the region to help care for vulnerable rhinos like this one. Sign up for The Fast & the Fierce 5k, sponsored by Aegis Project Controls, this Saturday at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., to support rhinos and other conservation projects. Go to https://bit.ly/2kGx7x6 to register today!

Cheetahs need vet care, too. Learn about how a Conservation Nation project in the wild aims to provide researchers with ...
09/05/2019
Experts Unite to Save Cheetahs – Conservation Nation

Cheetahs need vet care, too. Learn about how a Conservation Nation project in the wild aims to provide researchers with valuable information about the cheetah diet that could help preserve the species.

Experts Unite to Save Cheetahs Rebecca Landau July 23, 2019 impact   Suffice it to say, Morgan Maly is dedicated to cheetah conservation. Not only did this big-cat expert write the first, major academic paper about cheetah puberty, but she also will do whatever it takes to learn more about this end...

This past July, Smithsonian scientists started work on a Conservation Nation-funded, two-year project to study Lowland t...
08/29/2019
To Track a Tapir – Conservation Nation

This past July, Smithsonian scientists started work on a Conservation Nation-funded, two-year project to study Lowland tapirs and learn where they roam in the Paraguayan Chaco. Read more!

Brazilian tapir, Tapirus terrestris, on land in Brazil To Track a Tapir Rebecca Landau August 28, 2019 impact   The dry forests and savannahs of the Paraguayan Chaco encompass a large swathe of South America. Like the Amazon, this area is home to a complex and diverse ecosystem. And like the Amazon...

One small GPS transmitter by man; one giant leap in conservation for birdkind. Earlier this summer, Conservation Nation ...
08/22/2019
First set of meadowlarks take flight – Conservation Nation

One small GPS transmitter by man; one giant leap in conservation for birdkind. Earlier this summer, Conservation Nation began purchasing tiny high-tech GPS tracking devices to outfit eastern meadowlarks. Now, a flock of tagged eastern meadowlarks have taken flight, and researchers await their first round of data this month.

First set of meadowlarks take flight Rebecca Landau August 21, 2019 impact   One small GPS transmitter by man; one giant leap in conservation for birdkind.   Earlier this summer, Conservation Nation began purchasing tiny high-tech GPS tracking devices to outfit eastern meadowlarks—the transmitte...

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