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.


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.

Global Partnerships
Building collaborations with key partners to achieve shared conservation goals.