In early 2015, AZA SAFE worked with Western pond turtle conservation experts including representatives from the AZA accredited institutions, state and federal agencies, conservation NGOs, and academic institutions to identify and prioritize conservation actions. A 3-year SAFE Conservation Action Plan was developed using SAFE’s new collaborative conservation process to address those needs and includes projects that are aimed at achieving population sustainability. These projects fall within four thematic areas including conservation capacity, public action, research, and Species Survival Plan® (SSP). Each project, designed to incorporate collaborator expertise to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, is comprised of detailed goals, actions, timelines, budgets. All projects are coordinated by AZA members who work closely with project collaborators to execute conservation actions, achieve successes, and identify future needs. More detailed information about each project can be found in the Western Pond Turtle Call for Participation.
Project Coordinator: Jessie Bushell
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Project Coordinator: Jessica Moore
Project Co-Coordinators: Jenny Pramuk and Fred Koontz
Project Coordinator: David Shepherdson
Contact SAFEwesternpondturtle@aza.org to learn more about this project and the Project Coordinator role.