Program Animal Scientific Advisory Group

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Program Animal Scientific  Advisory Group

The mission of the Program Animal Scientific Advisory Group (PASAG) is to develop cooperative relationships between the education, research, and animal welfare interests of the zoo and aquarium community around the topic of program animals.

The PASAG advises the AZA Board, Conservation Education Committee (CEC), Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), and Research & Technology Committee (RTC) and Animal Programs on issues related to program animals.  It is overseen by the CEC.


  • PASAG is administered by a Steering Committee composed of three Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary), and other members, all of whom are elected from the general PASAG membership for three-year terms. The primary functions of the PASAG are:
  • To emphasize the importance of program animals in zoo/aquarium education.
  • To support professional standards in the management and handling of program animals.
  • To provide a forum for those involved in program animal research to share their findings. 
  • To establish a resource for new AZA members to get information about program animals.
  • To ensure that the topic of program animals is continually addressed at AZA meetings.


Membership is non-tiered, there are no dues, and there are Bylaws. The PASAG is composed of zoo and aquarium professionals with expertise in education, animal management, and research.

Interested in Becoming a PASAG Member?
If you are interested in becoming involved with or obtaining more information about the Program Animal Scientific Advisory Group, please contact Nette Pletcher, AZA Staff Liaison to the PASAG.