Conservation Research Home Base
In 2004, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Conservation Research opened, serving as the hub for the Zoological Society’s research programs focused on the science of saving species. It included laboratories and equipment, the Frozen Zoo, classrooms for students of many ages, offices for research staff, the San Diego Zoo Library, and a large meeting center for lectures, presentations, and symposiums. The eight divisions of the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES) at the time—Analytical Chemistry, Behavioral Biology, Ecology and Applied Conservation, Endocrinology, Genetics, Pathology, Reproductive Physiology, and Virology/Immunology—moved from the Zoo Hospital to this new center located next to the Wild Animal Park and the Paul Harter Veterinary Medical Center. In addition, a postdoctoral conservation research program was established, based at the Center for Conservation Research and supporting postdoctoral scientists as they conducted field research for three to five years. The Zoological Society’s commitment to worldwide conservation was growing in leaps and bounds.