Animal Programs Monthly Update

August 2020

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

If there are any Officer or Advisor updates to be made on your Animal Program page of the AZA Animal Programs Database, you can email the AZA Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department to make those changes for you!


The SAFE North American monarch and SAFE chimpanzee programs published their three-year program plans in July. You can read them 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 Professional Development

Population Management I and II November Courses Are Still On!

Early bird registration rates are available through August 31, 2020. We encourage you to view the course overview and objectives and to register at We look forward to welcoming students and instructors back in the classroom this fall and will be working with our hotel partner and the Saint Louis Zoo to ensure in-person sessions are conducted safely. Please direct any course registration questions to

AZA Calendar

AZA 2020 Annual Conference
Take part in the first-ever virtual Annual Conference from September 14-18, where thousands in the zoo and aquarium community will meet online to share and exchange knowledge, resources, solutions, and more. During five days of online offerings and interactive events, attendees will gather to learn and find inspiration from colleagues, service-providers and new connections - all online! Visit AZA's Annual Conference webpage to register today. Early bird registration ends August 14.

Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles
This annual symposium will be held virtually from August 6 – September 24. This symposium, sponsored by Zoo Med Laboratories, will provide presentations and poster sessions ranging in topics from captive husbandry to field techniques to conservation. Join our community in sharing research, initiatives, techniques, and accomplishments. Visit the Turtle Survival Alliance’s website for more information.

Save the Date:

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

Endangered Species Fund
The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund is now accepting new proposals for the 2020 funding cycle. Projects should focus on conservation and research of specific threatened, vulnerable or endangered species or a specific habitat that is of high biological value or that is substantially threatened (IUCN Red List). This includes projects that will quantitatively assess population and environmental status with indications of best conservation strategy and projects that will help achieve sustainable relations between local people and the species of concern. Proposals that are focused around simple, fundamentally sound projects with measurable outcomes that can be reached are given higher priority.

CBOT Endangered Species Fund is open to SSC Specialist Group Chairs and Officers, AZA/WAZA Chairs and Officers, and all interested researchers. Groups should select and submit only one proposal per funding cycle that has been ranked as the highest funding priority and endorsed by the group. Individual researchers may submit only one proposal per funding cycle. The Fund supports small projects of approximately $5,000. It should be noted that no international travel will be funded by the grant. If you would like to receive an application to submit a proposal, please email a request with your contact information to The deadline for proposals is August 14.

Anseriformes TAG Grants
The AZA Anseriformes TAG is offering two grants in the amount of up to $500 US - one designated for Conservation and Research, one for Professional Development. Please consult the attached application for all requirements associated with the grant. Questions and completed applications may be directed towards Joanna Klass and/or Ian Shelley. Applications will be accepted through September 30.

SAFE Granting Program
Now in its second year, and with continued support from the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation, the SAFE granting program helps members implement SAFE program plans. SAFE Species Programs can download application materials on the AZA website here. Applications are due October 1. 

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

TAG Chair

Ruth Marcec-Greaves, Detroit Zoo

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Elizabeth Johnson, Naples Zoo

Taylor Woods, Henry Vilas Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due September 1, 2020, 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 Travis Vineyard, Bear TAG Chair. 

Please send application materials to Brian Nelson, Aquatic Invertebrate TAG Chair.

OTTER, SEA (northern spp.)
Please send application materials to Eric Gaglione, Marine Mammal TAG Chair.

OTTER, SEA (southern spp.)
Please send application materials to Eric Gaglione, Marine Mammal TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Frank Camacho, interim Tapir TAG Chair. 

SSP Coordinator

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

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Don Goff, Felid TAG Chair.
In addition the SSP application and a resume, please submit a letter of interest outlining experience with this species and/or studbooks.

Please send application materials to Don Goff, Felid TAG Chair.
In addition the SSP application and a resume, please submit a letter of interest outlining experience with this species and/or studbooks.

Candidate Program Leader

Please send application materials to Brian Aucone, Snake 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.


Armadillo, Southern Three-banded
Bustard, Kori
Gazelle, Thomson’s
Gharial, Indian
Heron, Boat-billed
Ibis, Straw-necked
Iguana, Grand Cayman Blue
Iguana, Jamican
Laughingthrush, White-crested
Markhor, Turkmenian
Monkey, Bolivian Gray
Monkey, Schmidt’s Red-tailed
Pronghorn, Peninsular
Turtle, Arakan Forest
Vulture, Ruppell’s
Vulture, White-backed

Population Viability
Analyses (PVAs)

Elephant, African
Elephant, Asian


Breeding & Transfer Plans

Bat, African Straw-colored Fruit
Crocodile, Orinoco
Dove, Beautiful Fruit
Dove, White-throated Ground
Elephant, African
Gazelle, Thomson’s
Ibex, Nubian
Ibis, Madagascar Crested
Monkey, Common Squirrel
Monkey, DeBrazza’s
Otter, Giant
Rail, Guam    
Shama, White-rumped
Stork, Abdim’s
Tortoise, Forsten’s
Tree Shrew, Northern
Turtle, Rote Island Snake-necked

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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