Mission

We generate, share, and apply scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats worldwide. We help shape the vision of San Diego Zoo Global to lead the fight against extinction.

Purpose

At the Institute for Conservation Research, we are dedicated to saving plant and animal species worldwide. Our efforts are focused in eight strategic areas:

Conservation Genetics
Sustaining and restoring genetic diversity through bioresource banking and research.

Reproductive Sciences
Applying innovative science and technology to enhance reproduction.

Population Sustainability
Integrating behavior and ecology to ensure population viability.

Disease Investigations
Removing disease as a roadblock to conservation.

Plant Conservation
Working across scientific disciplines to save rare plants.

Recovery Ecology
Adaptively managing and restoring species to the wild.

Community Engagement
Driving conservation action through science education and community collaborations.

Biodiversity Banking
Advancing the science and curation of biomaterials for conservation.

Conservation Values

We act with integrity because it is fundamental to our success and ability to inspire.

We respect the natural world because we appreciate the complexity and interdependence of the web of life and our place within it.

We nurture partnerships because this will amplify our collective conservation impact.

We are innovative and adaptable because conservation challenges and opportunities are constantly changing.

We stay relentlessly focused on our mission and vision because the acceleration of species extinction demands our unwavering attention.

We commit to self-reflection and evaluation of our conservation impact because continuous improvement and learning are essential to our success.

We take risks and make bold choices because this will lead to future success in saving species.

We provide all animals and plants in our care with opportunities to thrive because everything we do for species conservation and sustainability rests on a solid foundation of wellbeing.