Animal Program Handbooks

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Animal Program Handbooks

AZA's Animal Programs are composed of Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), Species Survival Plan (SSP) Programs and AZA Regional Studbooks. The AZA Animal Program Handbooks contain all of the administrative information needed to manage an AZA cooperative Animal Program, including detailed job descriptions, Program Leader, Officer and Steering Committee/Management Group responsibilities and expectations, accountability, and contact information.  The Regional Collection Plan (RCP) Handbook details everything need to create and compile a TAG RCP.  If you're interested in applying for a vacant Program Leader position, you'll also find applications.

These Animal Handbooks are living documents developed and updated by the AZA Conservation & Science Department and the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC).


TAG Handbook  

RCP Handbook

SSP Program Handbook

AZA Regional Studbook Keeper

Scientific Advisory Group Handbook

Program Leader and Officer Applications

TAG Chair  

SSP Coordinator

SSP Coordinator and AZA Regional Studbook Keeper  

AZA Regional Studbook Keeper
Regional to International Studbook Application

Scientific Advisory Group Forms

SAG Chair Application

SAG  Bi-Annual Report Template

SAG 3 Year Action Plan Template

Petition for a New SAG