Institutional Collection Plans

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INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTION PLANS




Institutional Collection Plans

All institutions must have an Institutional Collection Plan (ICP) that is re-evaluated and updated at minimum of every five years. The ICP should include a statement of justification for all species and individuals in the institution’s planned collection. The ICP requires that all species in and/or being considered for residence is evaluated with regard to:

  • status in the wild 
  • status in zoos and aquariums 
  • existence and priorities of cooperative management programs 
  • ability to maintain the species in both a physically and psychologically healthy environment 
  • exhibit value 
  • education value 
  • exhibit suitability (may include climatic considerations) 
  • need for husbandry and other research 
  • recommendations stated in AZA TAGs' Regional Collection Plans 
  • any other issues specific to your institution's mission and vision.