Research strides can benefit wildlife beyond Fossil Rim.

Our research mission is to conduct and support scientific investigation that will contribute to knowledge about the conservation of nature and human socio-environmental relationships.

Fossil Rim research improves the captive management of endangered species and furthers the conservation of species in their natural habitats. We have many research partners, like Tarleton State University, whose master's students answer questions about pasture vegetation and spinose ear ticks.

Investigators from other institutions make use of our many biological samples to answer questions about cheetah reproduction, black rhino iron overload disorder, and bongo antelope inflammatory markers.

For other projects Fossil Rim is the primary investigator; recently the behavioral effects of GPS collars on scimitar-horned oryx were studied.

Regardless of the role Fossil Rim plays in a given project, research will always be an essential component of our conservation mission.

Within our research network, promising young professionals gain the science skills needed to make a difference. We strive to restore resilient animals to sustainable landscapes.

Dr. jane packard

Visiting researcher at Fossil Rim

areas of research include

Body Condition Scoring

Disease Investigation

Genetic Diversity

Reproductive Studies

Human Resources Studies

Plant-Based Investigation

Parasite Control

Sustainable Populations

Behavioral Assessment

Development of Genetic Markers

notable statistics & accomplishments

On Our Watch


advanced degrees

awarded for research completed at Fossil Rim



for which Fossil Rim has been the primary location



involving critically endangered species



for "Dietary iron absorption and role of tannins in southern black rhinos" study

Peer-Reviewed publications

18 for which Fossil Rim contributed samples

33 with Fossil authors


Year of first study conducted at Fossil Rim