Animal Programs Monthly Update

January 2023

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

If you are a Studbook Keeper, you can refresh your memory on Studbook publication guidelines by referring to the Studbook Keeper Handbook. The AZA Animal Program Handbooks website page has handbooks for all Program Leaders, including TAG Chairs, SSP Coordinator’s, Studbook Keepers, and SAG Members. Handbooks contain a section titled “Required Elements” that can help walk you through each element of your document for publication!

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 animalprograms@aza.org 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.

AZA SAFE

Reminder: SSP Reimagination/EMRF SSP transition to SAFE
Earlier this year, an announcement went out that several externally managed, recovery-focused ex situ programs would no longer qualify for SSP status as a result of the SSP Reimagination process. However, several such programs would still be interested in continuing to access the services of AZA’s Population Management Center (PMC) and Reproductive Management Center (RMC). By applying to become a SAFE program, those ex situ programs would be able to retain PMC/RMC services, plus a host of other SAFE-specific benefits.

To find out more about SAFE, please visit the “Are you part of an Externally Managed, Recovery-Focused SSP? Interested in joining SAFE?” section on the SAFE Program Resources page. Resources on this page include the “Externally Managed” Recovery Programs in SSP Reimagining webinar, Recommendations handbook and the AZA Center Services Request Form.

AZA SAFE

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

AZA Calendar

AZA Courses: Open Registration!

AZA Courses: Open Registration!

February 13 – 18th, 2023
Hosted by Oglebay Resort, Wheeling WV
Registration: Registration Deadline ;p;pis Monday, January 16th 2023
            Courses:
                        Avian Management, Biology and Conservation
                        Foundations of Conservation Learning
                        Institutional Records Keeping
                        Population Management I
                        Principles of Elephant Management I
            New Courses:
                        Effective Leadership: Foundation & Development (NEW COURSE)
                        Leadership in Conservation Learning (NEW COURSE)

Please visit the AZA Courses webpage to register!

Note: The Aquatic Collection Sustainability Committee is hosting 3 virtual webinars focusing on welfare of aquatic species on February 23rd and 28th as well as March 7th. More details to follow!

Population Management Webinars Dropdown

Past Webinars:
Please visit www.aza.org/webinars 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

CROCODILE, SIAMESE
Darcy Garrenton, Virginia Zoo

SHARK, ZEBRA
Lise Watson, John G Shedd Aquarium

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

TORTOISE, HOME’S HINGE-BACK
Ryan Dumas, Cincinnati Zoo

MONKEY, DE BRAZZA’S
Lisa Ghelhausen, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Studbook Keeper

GALLIWASP
James Flaherty, Nashville Zoo

TORTOISE, RADIATED
William Hughes, Tennessee Aquarium

TORTOISE, FORSTEN’S
Laura Wandel, Dallas Zoo

GECKO, MOSSY LEAF-TAILED
Troy Bumgardner, Denver Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due February 1, 2023, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

TAG Chair

PASSERINE TAG
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

BEAVER, AMERICAN
Please send application materials to Rebecca Young, Rodent, Insectivore, and Lagomorph TAG Chair

GOOSE,ORINOCO
Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, Anseriformes TAG Chair

MONKEY, COMMON SQUIRREL
Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair

LIZARD, CAIMAN
Please send application materials to Drew Foster, Lizard TAG Chair

MONKEY, SOUTHERN BLACK HOWLER
Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair

FROGMOUTH, TAWNY
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

HONEYEATER, BLUE-FACED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

JAY, PLUSH-CRESTED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

LAUGHINGTHRUSH, BLUE-CROWNED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

MYNAH, GOLDEN-CRESTED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

OROPENDOLA, CRESTED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

STARLING, GOLDEN-BREASTED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

STARLING, VIOLET-BACKED (AMETHYST) 
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department

Studbook Keeper

HWAMEI, CHINESE
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

MAGPIE, RED-BELLIED BLUE
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

MYNA, GOLDEN-CRESTED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

BULBUL, COLLARED FINCH-BILLED
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

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.

Studbooks

Tragopan, Cabot’s
Mangabey, Black
Rhino, Eastern Black
Wallaby, Tammar
Owl, Burrowing
Ibis, Scarlet
Elephant, Asian
Pochard, Baers
Ibis, Cape (Southern Bald)
Ibis, Hadada
Crane, Wattled
Lapwing, Spur-winged
Dove, Black-naped Fruit

Regional Collection Plans

Pangolin, Aardvark, and Xenarthra

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Lion
Mangabey, Black
Ocelot
Pudu, Chilean
Cat, Fishing
Lemur, Blue-eyed Black
Vulture, Cape
Tortoise, Madagascar Flat-tailed
Cheetah
Muntjac, Reeves
Bettong, Brush-tailed
Ringtail
Crane, Whooping

*Regional Collection Plan Addendums

Small Carnivore
Marine Mammal
Parrot
Prosimian
African-Eurasian Monkey
Galliformes
Bear
Equid
Felid
Snake

*Regional Collection Plan Addendums serve to update the status of the Taxon Advisory Group’s (TAG) Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs after completing the SSP Assessment process and moving programs into the new SSP Framework as of January 2023*

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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