Animal Programs Monthly Update

October 2022

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

As you may know, several externally managed, recovery-focused ex situ programs no longer qualify for SSP status as a result of the SSP Reimagination process. However, many would be interested in continuing to access the services of AZA's Population Management Center (PMC) and Reproductive Management Center (RMC). To find more information on SAFE program services, 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.

ZIMS for Studbooks Tip-of-the-Month

ZIMS Global Studbook Search Tool allows you to search for Studbooks using various filters. This tool allows species and population managers to search for studbooks that are managed for across regional associations or institutions worldwide. This global resource allows you to search for various filters, including taxonomy, regional association, IUCN status, users assigned, and more! For more information on using the Global Studbook Search Tool, please view the Species 360 training document titled Global Studbook Search Tool.

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

AZA Courses: Open Registration!

AZA Courses: Open Registration!

November 7-12, 2022
Hosted by Crowne Plaza Clayton, St. Louis, MO
Registration: Registration Deadline is Monday, October 10, 2022
            Creating Successful Exhibits
            Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs
            Population Management I
            Population Management II

December 5-10, 2022
Hosted by San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
Registration: Registration Deadline is Monday, November 7, 2022
            Animal Welfare: Evidence-Based Management
            Principles of Ambassador Animal Management

Please visit the AZA Courses webpage to register!

Population Management Webinars Dropdown

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

TAG Chair

Tina Cloutier Barbour, Dallas Zoo

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Anne Heitman, Sedgwick County Zoo

Heather Down, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Studbook Keeper

Jared Moeller, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Tabitha Miller, Zoo Miami

New Program Leader Vacancies

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

TAG Chair

Antelope, Cattle, Giraffid, and Camelid TAG CHAIR
Please send application materials to AZA’s Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Michael Murray, Antelope, Cattle, Giraffid, and Camelid TAG Vice Chair

Please send application materials to Michael Murray, Antelope, Cattle, Giraffid, and Camelid TAG Vice Chair

Please send application materials to Paula B. Carlson, Marine Fishes TAG Chair

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair

Please send application materials to Christopher Holmes, Galliformes TAG Chair

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Drew Foster, Lizard 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.


Flamingo, Caribbean
Cardinal, Red-Crested
Hornbill, Red-Billed
Vulture, King
Lechwe, Nile
Wallaroo, Common
Peccary, Chacoan
Guitarfish, Bowmouth
Lemur, Crowned
Duiker, Red Flanked
Owl, Eurasian Eagle


Breeding & Transfer Plans

Gecko, Giant Leaf-Tailed
Mara, Patagonian
Dove, Grey-Capped Emerald
Stork, Milky
Curassow, Blue-Billed
Vulture, African White-Backed
Tiger, Malayan
Stingray, Ocellated River  
Pine snake, Louisiana
Cichlids, Lake Victoria
Seal, Harbor
Giraffe, Generic
Tiger, Sumatran
Argus, Great
Penguin, African



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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