If you need an extension for your SSP Breeding & Transfer Plan or Studbook, please contact your TAG Chair and the AZA Conservation & Science Department prior to the upcoming deadline and be sure to request a new deadline date.
The SAFE African lion program published their 2019-2021 program plan in June! Learn more - find the plan here under the African lion section.
Are you interested in proposing or joining a SAFE program? Reach out to your colleagues or contact SAFE@aza.org for more information. Don't forget to join the SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction Network group for real-time updates like these, and more.
Working Bird Husbandry Workshop
Zoo Atlanta will be hosting the Working Bird Husbandry Workshop on October 29-30. This hands-on 2-day workshop discusses training, diets, and general husbandry of ambassador birds in a presentation setting. We discuss parrots, raptors, and exotics and utilize both live animals and cadavers to practice skills. Optional Zoo Day and additional evening workshops on October 28. Space is limited to 12 participants so historically the course fills up fast.
Please contact Rebecca Young for registration and questions.
"From Good Care to Great Welfare" Workshop
The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics is offering an immersive five-day workshop October 7-11, 2019 designed to help animal care professional better understand animals' perspectives and experiences, address the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare, and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve overall well-being.
For more information and to apply, please visit the CZAW webpage or email email@example.com. Early registration ends August 19, 2019.
Implementing Your Animal Wellness Program Workshop
Due to overwhelming demand, Denver Zoo is hosting another Implementing Your Animal Wellness Program Workshop on November 6-8. This will cover: AZA accreditation requirements; program development; creating wellness assessments for all taxa; staff training and buy in; whole life planning; problem solving; continuous process improvement. Please see the attached flier for additional information, dates, and registration information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASAG PLUME Awards 2019
This award program identifies and rewards significant achievement in avian husbandry and conservation. Please see descriptions below for the award categories and contact Steven Sarro with any questions. The deadline for the submissions is November 1.
ASAG Conservation and Research Grant
Are you looking for funding support for your avian research, field conservation, veterinary care or husbandry project? ASAG is offering a total of $3500 in funding (potentially distributed among several projects) in 2020 for the ASAG Conservation and Research grant. Applications are due by December 1. Please visit the ASAG website for the application form and application instructions.
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.
DOVE, BLACK-NAPED FRUIT
Staci Bekker, Toledo Zoological Gardens
TORTOISE, BURMESE STAR
Matt Evans, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
James Liu, Turtle Conservancy
Grace Yambrach, SeaWorld San Diego
Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks. Applications are due August 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.
OLD WORLD MONKEY TAG
Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.
Please send application materials to Michelle Hatwood, Deer (Cervid/Tragulid) TAG Chair.
Please send application materials to Harrison Edell,Ciconiiformes, Phoenicopteriformes, and Pelecaniformes TAG Chair.
CHUCKWALLA, SAN ESTEBAN
Please send application materials to Jessi Krebs, Lizard TAG Chair.
PENGUIN, GENTOO (ELLSWORTHI)
Please send application materials to Tom Schneider, Penguin TAG Chair.
Please note that all documents are available for download on the Program's page found by logging in and searching the Animal Programs Database.
Dove, White-throated Ground
Rattlesnake, Mexican Lance-headed
Shark, Sand Tiger
Sheep, Desert Bighorn
Stingray, White-blotched River
Tree Shrew, Northern
Chat, Snowy-headed Robin
Duck, Spotted Whistling
Gorilla, Western Lowland
Monkey, Bolivian Gray Titi
Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant
Snake, Louisiana Pine
Thrush, Common Shama
Turtle, McCord’s Box
Turtle, Sulawesi Forest
All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation, Management & Welfare Sciences Department at email@example.com by the 25th of the prior month.