Several zoos are working to rescue confiscated Red Siskins and breed new populations that will be an insurance from extinction and allow reintroductions into the wild.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia is establishing a population of Red Siskins for captive breeding research, with the first birds arrived this spring. The expertise of this institution in endangered species reproduction will allow the development of protocols for wild Red Siskin breeding and care, which will likely be very different than what hobbyists use for domesticated and hybrid Red Siskins. Conservation breeding centers will also be established at two of the most important zoos in Venezuela. Architectural designs are in progress for both facilities. These zoos will be able to rescue confiscated birds, educate the public about how to reduce threats, conduct research, serve as insurance against extinction in the wild, and provide birds for reintroduction.