Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, by Murphy, Mehgan, 2010, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Aerial view shows buildings of the National Zoological Park's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), previously known as the Conservation and Research Center, located in Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI has played a leading role in the fields of veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology and conservation biology since its founding in 1974. Visible among the rolling hills are CRC houses and animal buildings..