Animal Programs Monthly Update

January 2022

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

The December 2021 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.

ZIMS for Studbooks Tip-of-the-Month

To give someone access to your studbook database, requests can be submitted to AZA at Before submitting a request, please review AZA’s Guidelines for Roles and Access to ZIMS for Studbooks and Sharing Studbook Data which outlines important policies for this process. This document is also available on the Resource Documents page of the AZA website.

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 Webinars

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

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, Management, & Welfare Sciences Department

Funding and Awards

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

Damian Lechner, California Science Center

Studbook Keeper

Leah Neal, Georgia Aquarium

New Program Leader Vacancies

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

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Chuck Cerbini, Columbiformes TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Chuck Cerbini, Columbiformes TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials (AZA form, CV, and Letter of Intent) to Karen Bauman, Canid and Hyaenid TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Audra Meinelt, Old World Monkey TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Dustin Smith, Amphibian 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.


Aracari, Curl Crested
Antelope, Sable
Deer, Eld's
Flamingo, Chilean
Gecko, Satanic Leaf-Tailed
Goose, African Pygmy
Goose, Indian Pygmy
Ibis, Straw-Necked
Lemur, Red Ruffed
Onager, Persian
Panda, Red
Roller, Blue-Bellied
Snail, Partula
Snake, Louisiana Pine
Tamarin, Golden-Headed Lion
Toad, Houston
Toucan, Keel-Billed
Turtle, Spiny
Turtle, Yellow-Headed Temple
Zebra, Grevy's

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Agouti, Brazilian
Cat, Fishing
Cat, Sand
Crane, Red-Crowned
Crocodile, Cuban
Flamingo, Caribbean
Gorilla, Western
Macaw, Blue-Throated
Markhor, Tajik
Myna, Bali
Parrot, Hawk-Headed
Turtle, Arakan Forest
Turtle, Spiny
Turtle, Yellow-Blotched Map
Urial, Transcaspian


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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