Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee

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Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee


The Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC) supports the development, promotion, evaluation, and management of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' cooperative Animal Programs, including 46 Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) and more than 300 Species Survival Plan® Programs (SSPs). The WCMC ensures superior animal care, management, and sustainability within AZA's Animal Programs, and collaborates with other AZA Committees and global zoological associations to achieve these goals.

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Robert Wiese, Ph.D., San Diego Zoo Global

Vice Chair for Taxon Advisory Groups and Species Survival Plans

Bruce Bohmke, Woodland Park Zoo

Vice Chair for Studbooks 

Joe Barkowski, Sedgwick County Zoo

Vice Chair for Non-Member SSP Participation

Chelle Plassé, Disney's Animal Kingdom


Sarah Long, Lincoln Park Zoo

Board Liaison

Amos Morris, Mesker Park Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison

Candice Dorsey, Ph.D. 


Karen Goodrowe Beck, Ph.D., Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Sherry Branch, SeaWorld Orlando

Harrison Edell, Sacramento Zoo

Lewis Greene, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Jeff Holland, Los Angeles Zoo

Billy Hurley

Larry Killmar, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Pete Mohan, Akron Zoo

Don Moore, PhD, Smithsonian National Zoo

Clyde Peeling, Clyde Peeling's Reptiland 

Dwight Scott, Oklahoma City Zoo

Marcy Sieggreen, Ph.D., Detroit Zoo

Ron Surratt, Fort Worth Zoo

Pat Thomas, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society