Animal Programs Monthly Update: August 2016

August 2016

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Attention all Studbook Keepers! Be sure to upload your database to the AZA’s Population Management Center’s (PMC) fileshare program for backup to prevent the loss of your hard work.

AZA SAFE Updates

On International Vaquita Day in July, AZA-accredited facilities collaborated to encourage individuals to sign a letter addressed to the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, requesting Mexican government officials to permanently ban the use of gillnets in the Gulf of California.

Issues impacting vaquitas were also discussed between U.S. President Barack Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico on July 22. AZA commends President Nieto who announced a permanent gillnet ban in all fisheries throughout the vaquitas’ range. Both presidents committed to stronger bilateral cooperation for vaquita conservation, increasing cooperation and enforcement efforts to halt illegal fishing and trade in totoaba swim bladders, strengthening efforts to develop alternative (and vaquita-safe) fishing gear, and implementing a long-term program to remove the illegal fishing gear from the vaquitas’ habitat.

Ambassador Animal SAG

The Ambassador Animal Scientific Advisory Group (AASAG) is now accepting applicants to fill open positions on the steering committee. The AASAG seeks diverse applicants to share their expertise in the realm of ambassador animals from both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Committee members serve three-year terms that begin immediately following the 2016 AZA Annual Conference. It is highly desired that applicants attend the AZA Annual and/or Mid-year Meetings, participate in quarterly conference calls, and commit to actively contributing to AASAG initiatives. Please see the AASAG page on the AZA website  or the AASAG Network page for more information on the group’s strategic framework and activities.

Applicants should submit a concise letter of intent describing their qualifications in the ambassador animal arena along with a letter of institutional support. Please submit these materials to AASAG Chair, Karen Povey by Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Professional Development

Registration for November courses is open and spots are still available for Creating Successful Exhibits, Principles of Program Animal Management, and Population Management II. Learn more and register today through the AZA website.

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 & Science Department.

Funding and Award Opportunities

Phoenix Zoo Conservation and Science Grant

The Phoenix Zoo Conservation Grant Pre-proposal application is now live! Please click here and navigate to the “Current Openings” tab to begin the application process.

Please be sure to visit AZA's Other Conservation Funding Sources page for information about grants provided by AZA-accredited institutions as well as external sources and check out the excel sheet for detailed information on many other useful resources. Please email any other funding opportunities to AZA's Conservation Department for posting on the website.

New Program Leaders

TAG Chair

AQUATIC INVERTEBRATES
Brian Nelson, National Aquarium

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

CAT, SAND
Autumn Nelson, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SCREAMER, CRESTED
Joanna Klass, Caldwell Zoo

WALLABY, BENNETT’S
Tyler Boyd, Blank Park Zoo

Studbook Keeper

COLOBUS, ANGOLAN
Danielle Fogarty, CZS – Brookfield Zoo

DOVE, GREY-CAPPED EMERALD
Stacy Plocher, Blank Park Zoo

MACAQUE, LION-TAILED
Amy Sarno, Kansas City Zoo

WALLABY, YELLOW-FOOTED ROCK
Damian Lechner, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Candidate Program Leader

ANACONDA, GREEN
Justin Eldin, Saint Louis Zoo

BARBET, BLACK-SPOTTED
Katelyn Deaton, Zoo New England

COBRA, KING
Nick Bottini, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

GALLIWASP, HAITIAN GIANT
Dale McGinnity, Nashville Zoo, Inc.

LIOCICHLA, SCARLET-FACED
Wendy Wadsworth, North Carolina Zoological Park

PYTHON, RETICULATED
William Orrico, WCS - Bronx Zoo

RATTLESNAKE, EASTERN DIAMONDBACK
Robert Hill, Zoo Atlanta

VIPER, MANGSHAN PIT
Tommy Owens, San Diego Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due September 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

TAG Chair

GRUIFORMES
Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation & Science Department.

TURACO/CUCKOO
Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation & Science Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

BAT, EGYPTIAN FRUIT
Please send application materials to Brian Pope, Bat TAG Chair.

KINGFISHER, GUAM
Please send application materials to Paul Schutz, Coraciiformes TAG Chair.

PITTA, HOODED
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair.

ROLLER, BLUE-BELLIED
Please send application materials to Paul Schutz, Coraciiformes TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

DOLPHIN, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED
Please send application materials to Jim Robinett, Marine Mammal TAG Chair.

STARLING, SUPERB
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT 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.

Breeding & Transfer Plans
  • Alligator, Chinese
  • Armadillo, Southern Three-Banded
  • Bat, Straw-colored Fruit
  • Crane, Grey-crowned
  • Deer, Eld's
  • Duiker, Blue
  • Flamingo, Lesser
  • Gazelle, Speke's
  • Ibis, Scarlet
  • Lizard, Rio Fuerte Beaded
  • Magpie, Azure-winged
  • Penguin, King
  • Roadrunner, Greater
  • Roller, Blue-bellied
  • Tarantula, Mexican Red-kneed
  • Tortoise, Galapagos
  • Turtle, Pan's Box
Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)
  • Bonobo
  • Fox, Swift
  • Gorilla, Western Lowland
  • Zebra, Hartmann's Mountain
Studbooks
  • Barbet, Red and Yellow
  • Crocodile, Cuban
  • Dove, Luzon Bleeding Heart
  • Dove, White-throated Ground
  • Goose, Swan
  • Lemur, Crowned
  • Markhor, Turkmenian
  • Owl, Burrowing
  • Pig, Visayan Warty
  • Roller, Blue-bellied
  • Tamarin, Golden-headed Lion
  • Tiger, Amur
  • Tiger, Malayan
  • Tiger, Sumatran
MateRx
  • Monkey, Diana

Want to contribute to the Update?

All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation & Science Department by the 25th of the prior month.


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