Welcome Haley! Haley graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in ecology and evolutionary biology. She will be assisting the AZA Conservation & Science Department with projects including managing the FrogWatch USA citizen science program; maintaining the Animal Programs, ARCS, and SSP Sustainability Databases; facilitating the CGF application process; and monitoring SAFE programs and accountability. Haley was a former AZA Conservation & Science intern and we are so glad to have her back!
AZA and its member institutions are continuing to reach new heights of collaborative conservation by expanding SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. We are accepting proposals for new SAFE Species programs which will advance established conservation plans and prioritize collaboration among AZA institutions – and it is up to you to identify the focal species. Just last summer, three of your peers’ proposals were approved, and now African vultures, black-footed ferrets, and radiated tortoises have been established as SAFE Species. If you are interested in leading the way for the recovery of a threatened species, explore the website to learn more about eligibility, explore the resource handbook, and take the first step by downloading the proposal form.
The following SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, contact AZA's SAFE staff.
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.
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.
Audrey Harmon, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Jim Haigwood, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
SEAHORSE, BIG BELLIED
Laurel Johnson, Newport Aquarium
Danielle Regan, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Alicia Longo, Adventure Aquarium
Laura Wandel, The Florida Aquarium
Jen Hazeres, Newport Aquarium
Kristen Aanerud-Smith, SeaWorld Orlando
Curt Slocum, SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium
SHARK, BLACKTIP REEF*
Gretchen Scrimger, Discovery Cove
Aaron Jeskie, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Ed Parsons, Greensboro Science Center
*SAFE Studbook Programs
Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks. Applications are due May 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.
Please send application materials to Becky Young, Rodent, Insectivore, Lagomorph TAG Chair.
BARBET, RED AND YELLOW
Please send application materials to Michael Macek, Piciformes TAG Chair.
Please send application materials to Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.
Please send application materials to Mike Taylor, Gruiformes TAG Chair.
Please send application materials to Gen Anderson, Parrot TAG Secretary.
Please send application materials to Christie Eddie, Prosimian TAG Chair.
Please send application materials to Martin Ramirez, Wild Pig, Peccary, and Hippo TAG Chair.
BISON, AMERICAN (PLAINS)
Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid 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.
Pig, Visayan Warty
Gecko, Mossy Leaf-tailed
Wallaby, Yellow-footed Rock
Jaguar - Spanish
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.