Animal Programs Monthly Update

October 2019

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

Has your SSP overcome a unique challenge? Have you learned lessons that you think might help or inspire other SSPs? Do you want to share your creative approach to overcoming population sustainability challenges with the AZA membership? Submit an SSP Highlight for CONNECT magazine!

Animal Population Management Committee

APM Committee Officers:
Chair: Stacey Johnson, San Diego Zoo
VC of TAGs: David Powell,  Saint Louis Zoo
VC of SSPs and Studbooks: Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
VC of Partnerships: Michael Ogle, Zoo Knoxville

New APM Committee Liaisons:
Dan Dembiec, Memphis Zoo
Drew Foster, Phoenix Zoo
Jay Tetzloff, Miller Park Zoo
Jeremy Goodman, Roger Williams Park Zoo
Mandi Schook, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Paula Carlson, Dallas World Aquarium

The full list of APM Committee TAG Liaisons can be found on the Contact Information page of the AZA website.


SAFE Monarchs was approved as a SAFE species program by the Wildlife Conservation Committee in September. Learn more under the “monarchs” tab on the SAFE Species webpage.

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 like these, and more.

AZA Calendar

Operation Nest Egg: Best Practice Candling Course
Two 1-day field practitioner courses will be held on October 14 and 15. A 2-day ex-situ practitioners course will take place over October 17–18. Visit here for registration and more information.

Working Bird Husbandry Workshop
Hosted by Zoo Atlanta, this workshop will be held on October 29-30. Please contact Rebecca Young for registration and questions.

Implementing Your Animal Wellness Program Workshop
Hosted by Denver Zoo, this workshop will be held on November 6-8. Please see the attached flier for additional information, dates, and registration information.

25th Swan Conference
The 25th Swan Conference will be held November 19-21. Visit the Trumpeter Swan Society for more information and message Tiffany Mayo with any questions.

Please visit the AZA calendar to find the current list of workshops, meetings, and training opportunities that are of interest to Animal Program participants and other zoo and aquarium professionals. To add to this list, please email

Funding and Award Opportunities

ASAG PLUME Awards 2019
This award program identifies and rewards significant achievement in avian husbandry and conservation. Please contact Steven Sarro with any questions. The deadline for submissions is November 1.

ASAG Conservation and Research Grant
Please visit the ASAG website for the application form and application instructions. Applications are due by December 1. Please contact Katie Vyas or Sunny Nelson if you have any questions. 

Visit AZA's Other Conservation Funding Sources page for information about grants provided by AZA-accredited institutions 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

Julie Hartell-DeNardo, Saint Louis Zoo

Carrie Kistler, Zoo Miami

Ruston Hartdegen, Dallas Zoo

Mike Teller, Calgary Zoo

Danica Wolfe, Zoo Atlanta

SSP Coordinator

Stephanie Oberlin, Philadelphia Zoo

Amy Sarno, Kansas City Zoo

Candace Sclimenti, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Studbook Keeper

Chris Baker, Memphis Zoo

Lindsey King, San Diego Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

Sarah Foote, Potter Park Zoological Gardens

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due November 1, 2019, 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, and Welfare Sciences Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Hannah Bailey, Columbiformes TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Harrison Edell, Ciconiiformes, Phoenicopteriformes, and Pelecaniformes TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

Please send application materials to Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Rebecca Young, Rodent, Insectivore, Lagomorph TAG Chair.

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.


Bear, Polar
Buffalo, African Savannah
Cardinal, Red-crested
Condor, California
Elephant, Asian
Ferret, Black-footed
Gorilla, Western Lowland
Flamingo, Caribbean
Hornbill, Red-billed
Ibis, Madagascar Crested
Parrot, Hawk-Headed
Penguin, Northern Rockhopper
Rail, Guam
Stork, Saddle-billed
Turaco, White-cheeked

Regional Collection Plans

Felid TAG
Freshwater Fishes TAG
Lizard TAG
Prosimian TAG

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Bat, Egyptian Fruit
Bear, Polar
Deer, Mexican Red Brocket
Gharial, Indian
Kiwi, Northern Island Brown
Lizard, Texas Horned
Mynah, Golden-crested
Nyala, Lowland
Otter, Northern Sea
Otter, Southern Sea
Otter, Spotted-necked
Penguin, Gentoo (ellsworthi)
Penguin, Gentoo (papua)
Seahorse, Big-bellied
Stingray, Ocellated River
Tiger, Generic
Tortoise, Madagascar Spider (Common)
Tortoise, Madagascar Spider (Northern)
Tortoise, Madagascar Spider (Southern)
Turtle, Yellow-blotched Map

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 at by the 25th of the prior month.


Find a Zoo or Aquarium Donate to AZA Contact Us Member Login Search the site