Animal Programs Monthly Update: January 2018

January 2018

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

The December 2017 Sustainability Designations list for AZA Animal Programs is now available! Please visit the Animal Programs Resources section of the AZA website to download the full listing

AZA Accepting Proposals for New SAFE Species

AZA and its members institutions are continuing to reach new heights of collaborative conservation by expanding SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. We are accepting proposals for new SAFE Species programs which will advance established conservation plans and prioritize collaboration among AZA institutions – and it is up to you to identify the focal species. Just last summer, three of your peers’ proposals were approved, and now African vultures, black-footed ferrets, and radiated tortoises have been established as SAFE Species. If you are interested in leading the way for the recovery of a threatened species, explore the website to learn more about eligibility, explore the resource handbook, and take the first step by downloading the proposal form.

SAFE Project Coordinator Vacancies

The following SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, contact safe@aza.org.

Vaquita Project Coordinators

  • Value chain and economic development

Shark and Ray Project Coordinators

  • Sustainability and awareness of consumption
  • Community-based conservation
  • Multimedia development
  • Policy and legislation

Cheetah Project Coordinators

  • Carnivore positive landscapes
  • Monitoring and enforcement capacity building
  • Cheetah distribution, demographics and population connectivity

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

  • Habitat mapping

AZA Calendar

Please visit the AZA calendar to find the current list of workshops, meetings, and training opportunities that are of interest to Animal Program participants and other zoo and aquarium professionals. To add to this list, please email AZA's Conservation, Management & Welfare Sciences Department.

New SSPs

SPIDER, GOOTY SAPPHIRE ORNAMENTAL
Amber Marshall, Dallas Zoo

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

TURTLE, BLACK-BREASTED LEAF
Jeff Dawson, Saint Louis Zoo

TURTLE, SULAWESI FOREST
Stephen Nelson, Zoo Knoxville

SSP Coordinator

MONKEY, DEBRAZZA’S
Amber Eagleson, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

MONKEY, PATAS
Dena Honeycutt, Houston Zoo, Inc.

WOLF, MEXICAN GRAY
Kimberly Scott, Peoria Zoo

Studbook Keeper

FLAMINGO, LESSER
Amanda Zalewski, Fort Worth Zoo

FOX, SWIFT
Ashley Bowen, Pueblo Zoo

MONKEY, DEBRAZZA’S
Becky Sturges, Denver Zoo

PIG, VISAYAN WARTY
Stephanie DeYoung, Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due February 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

OTTER, SPOTTED-NECKED
Please send application materials to Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.

TORTOISE, FORSTEN’S
Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

TORTOISE, EGYPTIAN
Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

CHUCKWALLA, SAN ESTEBAN
Please send application materials to Jessi Krebs, Lizard TAG Chair. 

Candidate Program Leader

FOX, BAT-EARED
Please send application materials to Karen Bauman, Canid and Hyaenid TAG Chair.

MARINE FISHES
For the vacancies listed below, please send application materials to Beth Firchau, Marine Fishes TAG Chair. In addition to the AZA documents normally required for the application, the MFTAG would like to request the following additional supplementary materials:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation from AZA members.
  2. One (1) letter of support from a current Program Leader, Studbook Keeper, or member of TAG leadership with whom the candidate has discussed this opportunity and will be able to use as a mentor moving forward.
  3. A statement of why the candidate wishes to contribute to AZA as a leader for this species.

List of vacancies:

  • CARDINALFISH, BANGAII
  • GROUPER, GOLIATH
  • GUITARFISH, BOWMOUTH
  • RAY, ATLANTIC
  • RAY, COWNOSE
  • RAY, SOUTHERN
  • SEADRAGON, LEAFY
  • SHARK, BLACKTIP REEF
  • SHARK, BROWN-BANDED BAMBOO
  • SHARK, EPAULETTE
  • SHARK, SANDBAR
  • WRASSE, HUMPHEAD

New Publications

Please note that all documents are available for download on the Program's page found by logging in and searching the Animal Programs Database.

Studbooks

Caracal (International)
Chevrotain, Greater Malayan
Dik-dik, Guenther’s
Dik-dik, Kirk’s
Goose, Red-breasted
Heron, Boat-billed
Lizard, Chinese Crocodile
Macaw, Blue-throated
Motmot, Blue-crowned
Spider, Gooty Sapphire Ornamental
Screamer, Crested
Stork, Abdim’s
Tanager, Turquoise
Tortoise, Forsten’s
Urial, Trans Caspian
Vulture, African White-backed
Woodhoopoe, Green

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Barbet, Red and Yellow
Beetle, American Burying
Bushmaster, South American
Cacique, Yellow-rumped
Chimpanzee
Dog, African Painted
Shark, Sand Tiger
Turtle, Arakan Forest

GSMP

Laughingthrush, Blue-crowned

Want to contribute to the Update?

All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation, Management & Welfare Sciences Department by the 25th of the prior month.

 


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