May
24

Saving amphibians on the brink of extinction

Eight institutions, including the National Zoo and the Tropical Research Institute have formed a joint venture to save amphibians from the brink of extinction in the eastern region of Panama—an area rich with diverse amphibian species. Experts from the Zoo, STRI, Africam Safari Park, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Defenders of Wildlife, the Houston Zoo, Summit Municipal Park and the Zoo New England have pooled their expertise and resources to create the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.
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May
15

Developing the leaders of tomorrow’s Smithsonian

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”

With this quote from Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, Secretary Wayne Clough, in a letter read by Alison McNally, Under Secretary for Finance and Administration, congratulated the 11 newly graduated participants in the Smithsonian’s inaugural leadership development program. He also challenged them “to expand the contribution that the Smithsonian makes to our society and the world.”

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May
05

Elusive jaguar photographed for first time on Barro Colorado Island

Barro Colorado Island in Panama, home of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s premier tropical biology field station, has been described as the best-studied piece of tropical real estate in the western hemisphere. Although the island has been a mecca for biologists for nearly 90 years, no one has ever photographed an elusive island visitor—the jaguar—until… Continue reading Elusive jaguar photographed for first time on Barro Colorado Island

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