Animal Programs Monthly Update

February 2017

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Did you know that if your Animal Program’s Institutional Representative (IR) list is not up-to-date, you should contact the Institutional Liaison (IL) to request that they update their IRs? Check the AZA website for a list of contact information for all ILs.

AZA SAFE Project Coordinators Needed

The following AZA SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, use the designated email address listed with each AZA SAFE species.

Vaquita Project Coordinators

SAFEvaquita@aza.org

  • Value chain and economic development

Shark and Ray Project Coordinators

SAFEshark@aza.org

  • Sustainability and awareness of consumption
  • Community-based conservation
  • Multimedia development
  • Policy and legislation
  • In-situ and ex-situ studies

African Penguin Project Coordinators

SAFEafricanpenguin@aza.org

  • Health monitoring and rehabilitation
  • Marine contaminant monitoring

Cheetah Project Coordinators

SAFEcheetah@aza.org

  • Carnivore positive landscapes
  • Monitoring and enforcement capacity building
  • Cheetah distribution, demographics and population connectivity
  • Snaring abatement
  • Southern African managed reserve metapopulation

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

SAFEwesternpondturtle@aza.org

  • Habitat mapping
  • Public engagement

CGF-related Publications

Did you receive support from AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund that ultimately led to a peer-reviewed publication? AZA has created a webpage providing citations of peer-reviewed papers based on work funded, at least in part, by the CGF. Help us demonstrate how the larger scientific community has benefited from this fund by sending us citations for your work! Send citations to cgf@aza.org and, ideally, include the grant name, number, and/or approximate year for when you received funds.

AZA Calendar

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 AZA's Conservation & Science Department.

Funding and Award Opportunities

AZA Conservation Grants Fund

AZA's Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) is now accepting proposals for the 2017 grant cycle. The CGF supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA members and their collaborators. Proposals are due March 15, 2017 and all application materials can be found on the AZA website. Individual AZA members at the Professional Associate, Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, or Student level are eligible to apply. A list of recent awardees is found on the AZA website.

AZA Amphibian TAG Small Grants Program

The AZA Amphibian TAG (ATAG) small grants were initiated to support projects that uphold the conservation priorities of the AZA ATAG Regional Collection Plan (RCP). Review of this plan is strongly recommended (available for downloading through the Animal Programs Database. The ATAG Steering Committee will select projects for funding based on the following:

  • How well the proposal meets ATAG RCP Conservation or Educational goals.
  • Zoo and aquarium partnerships and permits must be approved and demonstrated.
  • Field conservation of species and their habitats or mitigation of threats.
  • Innovative education initiatives to benefit species at risk and their habitats.
  • Zoo research that has direct application to the health or recovery of species at risk.

Please see the flyer for details; the deadline to apply is April 1.  Contact Andy Snider with any questions.

Ron Goellner Conservation Fund and the Jennifer Elwood Hellbender Conservation Grant

The Cryptobranchid Interest Group (CIG) will consider proposals for two separate grants for amounts up to $1,000 each. Each applicant will automatically be considered for both grants when submitting this single application.

The Ron Goellner Conservation Fund awards up to $1,000 to projects related to all Cryptobranchids (Giant Chinese and Japanese salamanders, as well as hellbenders). The Jennifer Elwood Hellbender Conservation Grant awards up to $1,000 to projects related only to hellbenders.

These CIG grants were initiated to support projects that uphold conservation priorities for giant aquatic salamanders. The CIG grant committee prefers projects that are broad in scope and over-all impact for the taxa in general and will select applications for funding based on the following:

  • Broadness of application for conservation of giant salamanders.
  • Field conservation of species and their habitats or mitigation of threats.
  • Innovative education initiatives to benefit species at risk and their habitats.
  • Research that has direct application to the health or recovery of species at risk.
  • Partnerships and permits are approved and demonstrated.

Please see the flyer for details or download the form from the CIG website; the deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.  Contact Diane Barber with any questions.

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator

SIFAKA, COQUEREL'S
Britt Keith, Duke University Lemur Center

Studbook Keeper

HORSE, ASIAN WILD
Roby Elsner, WCS – Bronx Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

SPIDER, GOOTY SAPPHIRE ORNAMENTAL
Amber Marshall, Dallas Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due  March 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

DUIKER, BLACK
Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Antelope & Giraffe TAG Chair.

TRAGOPAN, CABOT’S
Please send application materials to Chris Holmes, Galliformes TAG Chair.

HORNBILL, WRINKLED
Please send application materials to Paul Schutz, Coraciiformes TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

WALLABY, YELLOW-FOOTED ROCK
Please send application materials to Chris Hamlin, Marsupial & Monotreme TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

ELEPHANT, AFRICAN
Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Elephant TAG Chair.

PENGUIN, HUMBOLDT
Please send application materials to Tom Schneider, Penguin TAG Chair.

SERVAL
Please send application materials to Don Goff, Felid TAG Chair.

TREE KANGAROO, MATSCHIE’S
Please send application materials to Chris Hamlin, Marsupial & Monotreme TAG Chair.

ZEBRA, GREVY’S
Please send application materials to Tim Thier, Equid 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.

Studbooks

Addax - International
Binturong
Bird-of-Paradise, Raggiana
Bird-of-Paradise, Superb
Cardinal, Red-crested
Crane, White-naped
Flamingo, Caribbean
Gazelle, Speke’s
Gemsbok
Gharial, Sunda
Guineafowl, Crested
Hornbill, Red-billed
Hornbill, Wrinkled
Kookaburra, Laughing
Leopard, Clouded - International
Lizard, Caiman
Oryx, Fringe-eared
Penguin, Little Blue
Tarantula, Mexican Red-kneed
Tern, Inca
Tortoise, Ploughshare
Tragopan, Cabot's
Turaco, Red-crested

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Dog, African Painted
Eagle, Steller’s Sea
Gecko, Lined Leaf-tailed
Hamerkop
Ibis, Waldrapp
Penguin, Gentoo
Ringtail
Springbok, South African
Tanager, Turquoise
Tree Shrew, Northern
Whale, Beluga

Population Viability Analyses

Cheetah
Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant

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