The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Center for Species Survival recently established a captive population of Red Siskins for the purpose of conducting research and developing protocols on husbandry, care, health, breeding and management.

A centerpiece of the RSI, this research will integrate genomic assays being developed at the National Museum of Natural History to create a top-notch conservation breeding program that will be implemented at Parque Zoológico El Pinar and Parque Zoológico y Botánico Bararida, in Venezuela, where wild Red Siskins confiscated from traffickers will be bred for education, training, insurance against further losses in the wild and, ultimately, for reintroduction to their former range.

To support successful reintroduction, future research at SCBI and Parque Zoológico y Botánico Bararida will also focus on developing methods to acclimate captive bred birds to natural circumstances, prior to release.