The Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park houses six laboratories, six research divisions and is a LEED Silver facility. Dedicated to making ground-breaking innovations in science and technology, the Institute for Conservation Research helps solve complex conservation issues and is one of the largest zoo-based multidisciplinary research efforts in the world. It is the research arm of San Diego Zoo Global and houses more than 150 research professionals in nine different fields that gather scientific knowledge and carry out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats in over 35 countries worldwide.
FPBA designed the state-of-the-art facility to house a genetics division which is home to the one-of-a-kind Frozen Zoo and contains more than 8,000 living tissue samples; a Wildlife Disease Laboratory working to prevent the spread of diseases in both zoo and wild animal populations; and the Reproductive Physiology Division which uses innovative technologies to assist in the reproduction of endangered species, including giant pandas, kiwis, and several aquatic species. The design incorporated the exterior of the building with the already-established San Diego Zoo Safari Park architecture and draws upon the style of the adjacent veterinary hospital.