Center for Conservation Biology

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We would not be as successful as we are without the generous support of private donors.

The UW Center for Conservation Biology’s mission is to develop and apply non-invasive field, lab, and analytical methods to address pressing conservation problems worldwide. Our comprehensive and non-invasive wildlife detection, monitoring, and forensics methods are helping protect numerous threatened and endangered species around the world.

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Your support for the Center for Conservation Biology allows us to:

  • Subsidize our work on critical conservation projects with limited funding
  • Analyze ivory seizures from countries with limited resources
  • Develop new dog, lab, and field applications
  • Rescue and train more dogs to be Conservation Canines
  • Optimize methods for unique threatened and endangered species
  • Sustain our Center between projects
  • Capacity-build by educating other conservation workers around the world to utilize our non-invasive methods and scat detection dogs.

If you prefer mail your gift to us, please send it to the following address:

The Center for Conservation Biology
University of Washington
Box 351800
Seattle, WA 98195

If you have any questions about making a donation, or if you would like to give a gift in-kind of equipment or supplies, please contact Sam Wasser at 206-543-1669 or wassers@uw.edu or Natalie Hisdahl at 206-685-2185 or nhisdahl@uw.edu.

What your donation can accomplish

Below are some examples of how your donation may support our center.

Help combat the illegal trade of elephant ivory

Amount How your donation could help
$22,000 Determine the geographic origin on one large ivory seizure (> 0.5 tons)
$1,000 Extract and amplify DNA from ten ivory samples to determine their geographic origin
$500 Extract and amplify DNA from five ivory samples to determine their geographic origin
$150 Extract and amplify DNA to genotype one reference elephant dung sample
$100 Extract and amplify DNA from one ivory sample to determine its geographic origin

Help measure the impacts of human disturbance on wildlife

Amount How your donation could help
$150 Extract and amplify DNA from one animal scat to determine species, gender, and individual identity and extract and measure hormones to determine stress, nutrition, and reproductive status
$50 Extract and measure a stress, nutrition, or reproductive hormone from one animal scat
$50 Extract and amplify DNA from one animal scat to determine the animal’s individual identity and gender
$25 Extract and amplify DNA from one animal scat to determine the animal’s gender

Help support our Conservation Canine program

Amount How your donation could help
$3,000 Support a dog in the field for one month
$1,500 Support a dog at our Pack Forest training facility for one month
$820 Feed our dogs for one month
$205 Feed our dogs for one week
$100 Springtime Inc. products for dog health (including Longevity, Bug Off Garlic & Joint Health supplements)
$65 Semi-annual vet check-up for one dog
$60 One bone for each dog – important for healthy teeth!
$10 One dog blanket

Help increase laboratory efficiency and throughput

Amount How your donation could help
$160,000 Automated DNA sequencing instrument
$30,000 HPLC toxin and hormone detection system
$15,000 Automated 96-well pipetting instrument
$7,500 Thermocycler for DNA amplification
$2,000 Microcentrifuge
$1,500 Expandable multi-channel pipette

Help support research and development

Amount How your donation could help
$5,000 Develop and validate new hormone measures
$5,000 Test a Conservation Canine’s ability to detect a novel substance (e.g., new toxin, diseased vegetation, gender of target species, etc.)

Thank you! We greatly appreciate your support!