Modern, professionally managed zoos often serve as global conservation agents — working to save species, educate the public about species loss and recovery, practice conservation breeding and reintroduce animals into the wild. These important efforts depend on understanding the scientific complexities of the animals and their habitats, as well as the history, ethics and policies that deeply impact animal survival.
The School of Life Sciences leads this endeavor with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. The partnership creates opportunities for Smithsonian scientists to participate in ASU degree programs and for ASU undergraduates, graduate students and faculty to participate in fieldwork at the Panama facility.
At home and abroad, programs are building bridges — and there is space for everyone to make a difference. As HEAL International continues its mission of providing health education and micro-grants to resource-limited areas in Arizona and Tanzania, we welcome support and involvement from our community members.
ASU is on the cutting edge of that trend, joining forces with the Desert Botanical Garden to offer the new degree. Now, plant conservation may find some revitalized support.