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

Bruce Bohmke, Woodland Park Zoo

Vice Chair for Species Survival Plans and Studbooks 

Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo

Vice Chair for Sustainability Partnerships

Chelle Plassé, Disney's Animal Kingdom


Sarah Long, Lincoln Park Zoo

Board Liaison

Chris Kuhar, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison

Candice Dorsey, Ph.D. 


Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo

Bruce Bohmke, Woodland Park Zoo

Sherry Branch, SeaWorld Orlando

Harrison Edell, Dallas Zoo

Bill Gersonde, Abilene Zoological Gardens

Lewis Greene, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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

Jeff Holland, Los Angeles Zoo

Sheri Horiszny, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens 

Jack Jewell, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Stacey Johnson, San Diego Zoo Global

Larry Killmar, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Pete Mohan, Akron Zoo

Clyde Peeling, Clyde Peeling's Reptiland 

Marcy Sieggreen, Detroit Zoo

Brandie Smith, Smithsonian National Zoological Park 

Larry Sorel, Seneca Park Zoo

Ron Surratt, Fort Worth Zoo

Pat Thomas, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society