Animal Programs Monthly Update: April 2018

April 2018

AZA welcomes Haley Gordon, new Conservation & Science Program Assistant!

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 Accepting Proposals for New SAFE Species

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.

SAFE Project Coordinator Vacancies

The following SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, contact AZA's SAFE staff.

Vaquita Project Coordinators

  • Value chain and economic development

Shark and Ray Project Coordinators

  • Sustainability and awareness of consumption
  • Community-based conservation
  • Multimedia development
  • Policy and legislation

Cheetah Project Coordinators

  • Carnivore positive landscapes
  • Monitoring and enforcement capacity building
  • Cheetah distribution, demographics and population connectivity

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

  • Habitat mapping

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, Management & Welfare Sciences Department.

Funding and Award Opportunities

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 SSPs

IBIS, STRAW-NECKED
Audrey Harmon, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator

PECCARY, CHACOAN
Jim Haigwood, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

SEAHORSE, BIG BELLIED
Laurel Johnson, Newport Aquarium

TORTOISE, EGYPTIAN
Danielle Regan, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Candidate Program Leader

CARDINALFISH, BANGGAI
Alicia Longo, Adventure Aquarium

GROUPER, GOLIATH
Laura Wandel, The Florida Aquarium

GUITARFISH, BOWMOUTH*
Jen Hazeres, Newport Aquarium

SEADRAGON, LEAFY
Kristen Aanerud-Smith, SeaWorld Orlando

SEAHORSE, SPOTTED
Curt Slocum, SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

SHARK, BLACKTIP REEF*
Gretchen Scrimger, Discovery Cove

SHARK, EPAULETTE*
Aaron Jeskie, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

SHARK, SANDBAR*
Ed Parsons, Greensboro Science Center

*SAFE Studbook Programs

New Program Leader Vacancies

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.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

AGOUTI, BRAZILIAN
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.

COATI, WHITE-NOSED
Please send application materials to Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.

CRANE, SARUS
Please send application materials to Mike Taylor, Gruiformes TAG Chair.

PARROT, THICK-BILLED
Please send application materials to Gen Anderson, Parrot TAG Secretary.

Studbook Keeper

LEMUR, RING-TAILED
Please send application materials to Christie Eddie, Prosimian TAG Chair.

PECCARY, CHACOAN
Please send application materials to Martin Ramirez, Wild Pig, Peccary, and Hippo TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

BISON, AMERICAN (PLAINS)
Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid 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

Fossa
Gazelle, Grant's
Hippopotamus, Pygmy
Ibis, Straw-necked
Penguin, Magellanic
Pig, Visayan Warty
Roadrunner, Greater

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Agouti, Brazilian
Anteater, Giant
Bustard, Kori
Crane, Red-crowned
Gecko, Mossy Leaf-tailed
Gibbon, Lar
Ibex, Nubian
Monkey, Diana
Mynah, Bali
Parrot, Hawk-headed
Tern, Inca
Wallaby, Yellow-footed Rock

Animal Care Manuals

Jaguar - Spanish

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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