© Krista Anderson, White Oak Conservation Center
PMCTrack 2.0 Launch
PMCTrack 2.0 is now released, which includes the launch of PMCTrack’s Outcomes Surveys as well as significant enhancements to its Wants/Needs Surveys. These improvements and new features should enhance the user experience and the usefulness of PMCTrack’s data to the entire AZA community. Included in this release are:
1. NEW Outcomes Surveys: The Outcomes Surveys will help the Program Leader & the PMC understand the reasons why a recommendation did not occur and use this to improve the planning and management processes for these populations.
2. IMPROVED Wants/Needs Surveys: based on user feedback, we’ve updated these surveys to facilitate the process of sending & completing Wants/Needs Surveys before planning with the PMC.
If you are a Program Leader with an upcoming PMC or PMC Adjunct planning meeting, please email PMCTrack for further information on how to use PMCTrack’s Outcomes Surveys & Wants/Needs Surveys. Please also email your comments, feedback, questions, and suggestions.
Andean Condor SSP Education Initiatives
The Andean Condor SSP is a comprehensive, international conservation effort that works collaboratively in South America releasing condors in the wild. This program also works together with 4 other zoological associations, and would not be possible without the collective efforts of these key partnerships. A special thanks goes to the Andean Condor SSP Education Advisor Chriss Kmiecik for her efforts in developing the Andean Condor SSP Education Pamphlet.
ZIMS with Medical Launch
The ZIMS with medical release will allow users to integrate medical information with animal inventory and husbandry records. This release will start with replacing the functionality of the widely adopted MedARKS software, with anesthesia, treatment, diagnostic testing, clinical observations records and more. View the video showcasing some of the concepts that will be a part of ZIMS With Medical. Program design and development started January 2013. The initial ZIMS with medical is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2014. Visit the ISIS website for project timeline updates.
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Graduate/Professional Training Courses 2014
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), is proud to announce their updated 2014 course schedule. Visit our website or email for more details about each course, course costs, and credits earned.
• AniMove: Animal Movement Analysis for Conservation (March 31-April 11, 2014) – new course!
• Species Monitoring & Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals (April 28-May 9, 2014)
• Estimating Animal Abundance and Occupancy (May 19-30, 2014)
• Adaptive Management for Conservation Success (June 16-20, 2014)
• Statistics for Ecology and Conservation (August 18-29, 2014)
• Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds (September 1-12, 2014) - new course!
• Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing for Conservation (Sept. 15-26, 2014)
• Applied Climate Change: Gaining practical skills for climate change adaptation (Oct. 20-31, 2014)
Workshops, Conferences, and Meetings
Enrich your career!
Visit the TAG and SSP Workshops page to find a list of these workshops and other animal husbandry training opportunities. To add to this list, please email AZA's Professional Development Program Manager.
Shark Reef Aquatic Medicine Seminar: February 14 - 16, 2014
Join us in Las Vegas for three days of information packed presentations centered on practical applications of aquatic medicine in day-to-day situations. The seminar includes a fully "hands-on" wet lab - allowing you to engage not only the animals and the process - but work side-by-side with some of the best aquatic veterinary specialists in the country. You will also be able to join us for our very special ice breaker hosted by the Mirage Dolphin Habitat in their beautiful facility. For additional information please contact Jack Jewell or Ashley Lucero.
Facilitation and Communication Skills Training Course
Hosted by the CBSG, CBSG North America, and the Saint Louis Zoo: March 10 - 13, 2014
This course will provide conservation program managers with an opportunity to learn and practice essential facilitation skills, including decision making, team formation and management, conflict resolution, communication skills, consensus building, and cross-cultural sensitivity. The course will include lectures, case studies, and significant time to practice facilitation skills. For more information and to register for the course visit the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group website.
6th Biennial Otter Keeper Workshop
Hosted by Downtown Aquarium and Denver Zoo: March 15 - 19, 2014
A comprehensive workshop covering the care and management of otters in captivity. See website for details.
Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Infertility Workshop
Sponsored by the AZA Wildlife Contraception Center: March 26-27, 2014 (AZA Mid-Year Meeting in Memphis, TN)
Many zoo-based animal populations are unsustainable. The logistics of bringing recommended pairs together may be one reason, but another not yet fully explored possibility is infertility. Thus, improving reproductive success and consequently, population sustainability, depends on identifying, treating and preferably preventing infertility. This 1.5-day workshop will bring together specialists in animal infertility to review currently available information, highlighting taxonomic differences in the causes of infertility and approaches to treatment and prevention. Registration fee $50, in addition to AZA conference registration.
Day 1 will start with presentations by invited speakers to provide background information, followed by working groups, organized by taxon, for discussion of possible types of infertility in their managed species. (9AM-5PM, lunch provided)
On Day 2 working groups will develop approaches tailored to each taxon, with the objective of formulating practical action plans, focusing particularly on methods for diagnosis and potential treatment of infertility. (8AM-Noon)
Joint TAG Chairs Meeting
Hosted by Vogelpark Avifauna in Alphen aan de Rijn in the Netherlands: June 1 – 3, 2014
A joint TAG chairs meeting provides the opportunity to build bridges between regional TAGs and to discuss and advance existing inter-regional and global collection planning structures and tools – including the recently launched WAZA Global Species Management Plans (GSMPs). The meeting will also offer opportunities for networking with regional associations both those with and without extensively established collection planning structures and procedures. Last but not least, the programme will focus on global capacity building (internally and externally) for intensively managed populations for species conservation EAZA will invite its TAGs to schedule their midyear meetings to be held in Avifauna following the joint TAG chairs meeting, 4–8 June 2014, as to make sure there is ample opportunity for TAG-to-TAG discussions as well. See the flyer for more details.
Funding and Award Opportunities
Please be sure to visit AZA's Other Conservation Funding Sources page for information about grants provided by AZA-accredited institutions as well as external sources and check out the excel sheet for detailed information on many other useful resources. Please email any other funding opportunities to AZA's Conservation Department for posting on the website.
Jaguar Conservation Fund
Woodland Park Zoo awards $10,000 annually to jaguar conservation projects, thanks to a generous bequest from a friend of the zoo. Projects that clearly demonstrate their objectives for the funding year will lead to positive outcomes for long-term jaguar survival have the best chance of receiving support. We especially seek projects that directly address conservation of jaguars through one or more of the following:
• Habitat protection
• Conservation education
• Community involvement
• Includes collaboration with other partners, including other conservation organizations
Please download the application and instructions, complete and return to Bobbi Miller no later than January 17, 2014. If you have any questions on the process or the grant application, please contact Bobbi Miller or visit the Woodland Park Zoo website.
SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
The application process for the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is now open. The Fund provides funding for projects between $5-25K centered on four key areas: species research, habitat protection, conservation education, and animal rescue/rehab. Annually, the Fund typically provides over $1 million in grants.
This year, the Fund is providing specific areas of focus for applicants (those potentially pertaining to the marine mammal community detailed below). For more information about the Fund, the projects it supports, the Fund priorities, and to download the application form, visit the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund website. Applications will be accepted through January 1, 2014.
Check out AZA's blog! The blog features "Member profiles," where you can learn about the good work being done by professionals at AZA-affiliated zoos and aquariums as well as topical posts about animals, environmental issues, and other interesting subjects!
Are you working on a project that you think would make a good post? Does someone on your staff deserve to be profiled? If so, "put pen to paper" and contact Tim Lewthwaite for more details.
You may sign up for email updates by clicking on the gray box that says “Follow” in the bottom right-hand corner. Come and Explore with us!
New Program Leaders
RODENT, INSECTIVORE, LAGOMORPH
Rebecca Bearman, Zoo Atlanta
SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper
Patricia Cassady, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Linda Henry, SeaWorld San Diego
Studbook Keeper (Red Programs)
DUCK, WEST INDIAN WHISTLING
Gwen Harris, Oregon Zoo
Melissa Ramsey, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Maureen Cleary, Sacramento Zoo
WOLVERINE, NEW WORLD
Tom Ness, Minnesota Zoological Garden
New Program Leader Vacancies
Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks. Applications are due January 1, 2013, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.
Studbook Keeper (Red Programs)
DOVE, BARTLETT'S BLEEDING HEART
Please send application materials to Chelle Plasse, Columbiformes TAG Chair.
Please note that all documents are available for download on the Program's page found by logging in and searching the Animal Program Database.
Breeding & Transfer Plans
Ass, Somali Wild
Wallaby, Yellow-footed Rock
Crane, Blue (Stanley)
Monkey, Lesser Spot-nosed
Rhinoceros, Greater One-horned
Sloth, Hoffman’s Two-toed
Sloth, Linne’s Two-toed
Wood Partridge, Crested
Want to contribute to the Update?
All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation Department by the 25th of the prior month.