Animal Programs Monthly Update

July 2022

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

The June 2022 Sustainability Designations list for AZA Animal Programs is now available! Please visit the Animal Programs Resources section of the AZA website to download the full listing. Please note that this is the final Sustainability Designations posting in the current SSP framework.

ZIMS for Studbooks Tip-of-the-Month

If you are assigned the Studbook Keeper role for a studbook dataset in ZIMS for Studbooks, you can now also assign others access to your studbook dataset! The ‘View & Export Only’ role can be granted to TAG Chairs, SSP Coordinators, and SSP Advisors with no pre-approval required from the AZA Office. However, researchers performing analyses or any other colleagues not associated with the SSP must submit page 6 of the Roles document (linked above) to to obtain approved studbook access. For further information, please visit AZA’s Resource Documents webpage, where you can find the AZA Guidelines for Roles and Access to ZIMS for Studbooks and How to Assign 'View and Export' Access to My Studbook.

Animal Program Articles

Interested in writing an SSP Highlight for your program to share your successes with the community? A sample template is available on the AZA website to help you get started. Drafts are accepted anytime and can be submitted to the AZA's Conservation, Management, & Welfare Sciences Department.


Are you interested in proposing or joining a SAFE program? Reach out to your colleagues or contact for more information. Don't forget to join the SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction Network group for real-time updates.

AZA Calendar

Population Management I & II Registration is Open!!

Hosted by Crowne Plaza Clayton, St. Louis, MO
Dates: November 7-12, 2022
               Early Bird Rate: Registration Deadline is Monday, August 15, 2022
                                    $1125 with Individual AZA Membership
                                    $1325 without Individual AZA Membership
               Regular Rate: Registration Deadline is Monday, October 10, 2022
                                    $1325 with Individual AZA Membership
                                    $1525 without Individual AZA Membership

Please visit the AZA Courses webpage to register!

Population Management Webinars Dropbown

Past Webinars:
Please visit to view recordings of ones you missed.

  • My SSP Needs Help! Introduction to interim breeding and transfer recommendations for population management
    • In Part 1, we introduced population management tools and resources, provided examples of when you may need interim analyses and answered some of your questions about interim population planning.
    • In Part 2, we took a deeper dive looking at how these tools and resources have been applied to real world interim planning examples and answered some of your questions via a panel of experts.
  • Communication #1, Managing animal programs: In this webinar we discussed how communication and networking are keys to success.
  • Communication #2: In this webinar we discussed how to get organized for planning and discover helpful tools for virtual planning meetings.
  • Thinking outside the box: non-traditional population management

Funding and Awards

Visit AZA's Other Conservation Funding Sources page for information about grants provided by AZA-accredited facilities as well as external sources. Please email any other funding opportunities to AZA's Conservation, Management, & Welfare Sciences Department for posting on the website.

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Jessica Colvin, International Crane Foundation

Nathan Compton, Dallas Zoo

SSP Coordinator

Kesha Schreiber, Dickerson Park Zoo

Crystal Champeau, Racine Zoological Gardens

Studbook Keeper

Keith, Zdrojewski, Dallas Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due August 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

TAG Chair

Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation, Management & Welfare Sciences Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Brian Pope, Bat TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT(Passerine) TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Christie Eddie, Prosimian TAG Chair.


Other Animal Program Participant Vacancies

Ambassador Animal Advisor

Ambassador Animal Advisors work with TAG or SSP members to serve as a resource and provide expertise on topics related to the use of a taxon or species in an ambassador capacity. View the position description for more information on how to apply. Applications are accepted anytime.

Want to include a vacancy for your program? Only Program Leader positions are required to be posted to the Monthly Update, but if you are interested in announcing another position, we are happy to help. Please email the AZA Conservation, Management, & Welfare Sciences Department for posting on the website.

New Publications

Please note that all documents are available for download on the Program's page found by logging in and searching the Animal Programs Database.


Puffin, Tufted
Monkey, Squirrel
Macaw, Hyacinth
Duiker, Blue
Kangaroo, Western Grey
Toucan, Toco
Ibex, Nubian
Langur, Francois

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant
Aracari, Green
Guineafowl, Crested
Dove, Mriana Fruit
Hornbill, Abyssinian Ground
Bear, Polar
Puffin, Tufted
Frog, Golden (Sora)
Goral, Chinese
Screamer, Southern
Iguana, Fiji Banded
Wallaby, Tammar
Ibis, Straw-necked



Want to contribute to the Update?

All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation, Management, & Welfare Sciences Department by the 25th of the prior month.

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