Building upon its history of excellence in conservation education and research, Florida International University has established the Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI). In partnership with RSCF, in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE), TCI will offer FIU graduates and conservation practitioners tools and experience to develop and implement conservation strategies for critically endangered ecosystems and species in the tropics and sub-tropics.

As the primary partner, RSCF offers decades of experience solving critical conservation problems and a network of collaborating organizations in biodiversity hotspots. RSCF designs sustainable recovery programs for endangered flagship species in the wild, and works in collaboration with governments and other conservation/research organizations to protect critical habitats. RSCF also provides consulting and technical services to conservation teams, and forms educational, political and economic partnerships to expedite conservation projects. 

Initially, the FIU Tropical Conservation Institute will work with some of the world’s most threatened species in three bio-geographical areas — Latin America and the Caribbean (including South Florida), East Africa and the tropical Pacific.