C2S2 members include the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas; the San Diego Zoo Global in San Diego, California; the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia; the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio; and White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida.
The Service and C2S2 operate together under a Memorandum of Understanding to promote scientific understanding and conservation of priority species and habitats.
"What makes C2S2 attractive is the strong, multidisciplinary resources of its facilities," says Rick Sayers of the Service's Endangered Species Program.
At the Service's invitation, C2S2 became involved in the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC), a facility that functions as a holding, transfer and research facility for desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) rescued from habitat loss in Nevada's greater Las Vegas Valley.
Not all of C2S2 activities involve North American species, or occur within U.S.
The C2S2 consortium realizes its capacity to manage and recover species is only as good as its ability to maintain wildlife habitats.
With a growing portfolio of projects and successes, C2S2 has only scratched the surface of its capacity.
Robin Sawyer, the C2S2 Program Officer, can be reached at email@example.com.