Animal Programs Monthly Update April 2019

April 2019

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

If there are any Animal Program events you would like to add to the AZA Calendar, you can submit a calendar form or email the AZA Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

AZA Calendar

Prosimian TAG Husbandry Workshop

The 2019 Prosimian TAG Husbandry Workshop will be held at the Dallas Zoo July 22-24. This is an excellent opportunity for animal care staff and mangers to network and share information on these unique species. Presenters include members of the Prosimian TAG Steering Committee, AZA Program Leaders, field conservation leaders and experienced professional AZA animal care staff. Topics will cover mixed species management, introductions, managing seasonal aggression, breeding, welfare, nutrition, veterinary care, nocturnal management, training and enrichment, conservation messaging and more. The workshop will be followed by the Prosimian TAG Annual Meeting July 24th - 26th.

Registration is $125 for workshop only (July 22-24) and $150 for workshop and meeting (July 22-26). Cost includes Zoo Day festivities with tours, happy hour, dinner and silent auction to benefit the Prosimian TAG. Also included: transportation to and from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Dallas Zoo, hotel and the surrounding areas.

Visit the Dallas Zoo website to register. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today! Preference will be given to AZA member organization staff.

If you have any questions, please email the Prosimian TAG.

New World Primate Husbandry Workshop

Registration has officially opened for the NWPTAG Husbandry Workshop being hosted by the Buttonwood Park Zoo from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2019. The New World Primate Husbandry Workshop is an interactive learning experience designed for NWP keepers and supervisors.  Zoo experts and field biologists will be presenting on topics including NWP husbandry, natural history, welfare, training, enrichment, veterinary care, nutrition, conservation, and mixed-species management.  In addition to the activities at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting half-day, primate-focused tours.

Visit Buttonwood Park Zoo’s website to register. Registration is limited, so early booking is encouraged.

Tiger Conservation Campaign

More funds were raised for tiger conservation in 2018 than in any previous year of the Tiger Conservation Campaign.  The projects the Tiger Conservation Campaign supports in Russia, Indonesia, and Malaysia continue to make important strides in saving wild tigers. Thank you sincerely for your support! 

In 2019, the Tiger Conservation Campaign is continuing to promote the “Shop Smart for Tigers” sustainable palm oil pledge and would love your help with talking to guests about the issue and the pledge.  And coming up before too long – it’s Global Tiger Day on July 29th!  You can download Global Tiger Day posters, a Shop Smart for Tigers poster, and lots of other materials here.

Also in 2019, a new Malayan tiger conservation project is being offered for support. You can download a detailed description of this project on the Tiger Conservation Campaign website and read about the Woodland Park Zoo project (in partnership with Panthera and Rimba), “Indigenous Community Conservation and Poaching Prevention”.

If you have questions about making a donation or about a previous donation, please contact Heidi Paltzer.

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

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

Jen Webb, Zoo Atlanta

Mark Warneke, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Mindy Rabideau, Tracy Aviary

Candidate Program Leader

Mollye Nardi. Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Ryan Dumas, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due April 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

SAG Chair

Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to James Mejeur, Piciformes TAG Vice Chair.

Please send application materials to Hannah Bailey, Columbiformes TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Aimee Greenebaum, Charadriiformes TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Michelle Hatwood, Deer (Cervid/Tragulid) TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Joe Knobbe, Old World Monkey 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.


Aracari, Green
Bat, Straw-colored Fruit
Capuchin, Crested
Capuchin, Tufted
Capuchin, White-throated
Chicken, Attwater’s Prairie
Chuckwalla, San Esteban
Cichlid, Lake Victoria
Deer, Eld’s
Deer, Mexican Red Brocket
Eagle, Harpy
Hyrax, Rock
Ibis, Puna
Lemur, Crowned
Marmoset, Pygmy
Monkey, Diana
Mynah, Golden-crested
Parrot, Thick-billed
Penguin, Macaroni
Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant
Rhea, Greater
Rhinoceros, Southern White
Seahorse, Lined
Shark, Zebra
Tamarin, Golden-headed Lion
Tern, Inca
Tortoise, Burmese Star
Turtle, Bourret’s Box
Turtle, Indochinese Box
Turtle, Southern Vietnamese Box
Wallaby, Parma

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Cardinal, Red-capped
Cockatoo, Palm
Curassow, Wattled
Kookaburra, Laughing
Otter, North American River
Panda, Red
Pudu, Chilean
Tern, Inca
Tortoise, Burmese Star
Turaco, Lady Ross
Turaco, Violaceous
Wolf, Red
Zebra, Grevy’s

Animal Care Manuals

Otter, Sea

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 at by the 25th of the prior month.


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