AZA Ambassador Animal Guidelines (AAG) provide a compilation of knowledge provided by recognized animal and education experts based on the current science, practice, and technology of ambassador animal management and presentation. Each AAG assembles basic requirements, best practices, and animal care recommendations to maximize capacity for excellence in animal care and welfare of ambassador species.
The guidelines should be considered a work in progress, since practices continue to evolve through advances in scientific knowledge. The use of information within this document should be in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning the care of animals. While some government laws and regulations may be referenced, these are not all-inclusive nor is this document intended to serve as an evaluation tool for those agencies. The recommendations included are not meant to be exclusive management approaches, diets, medical treatments, or procedures, and may require adaptation to meet the specific needs of individual animals and particular circumstances in each institution.
The development of each AAG is coordinated by the AZA Ambassador Animal Scientific Advisory Group (AASAG) in partnership with the appropriate TAG/SSP. A complete AAG Template is available to all AZA members. The template is divided into chapters, each of which focuses on a different animal care, management, handling, and interpretation strategies of the taxa(on).
Each chapter's sections list bulleted points, derived from the Animal Care Manual template, that are to be addressed by the authors.
The developmental processes used to compose each AAG follow a specific sequence that includes review procedures before the AZA Conservation & Science Department reviews it and ultimately approves publication. There are six primary steps needed to complete the publication process:
AAG Developmental Processes