Animal Programs Monthly Update: August 2017

August 2017

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Program Leaders, mark your calendars! If you will be attending the AZA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN, be sure to come to the Program Leaders Meeting on Sunday, September 10 from 4-5:30pm to hear the latest updates regarding AZA Animal Programs.

Tiger SSP Vice Coordinator Announcement

The Tiger SSP is seeking a Vice Coordinator for the Generic Tiger SSP. This person must be an Institutional Representative (IR) for the Tiger SSP. They will monitor this phase-out population for the Tiger SSP and communicate with generic tiger holding institutions about their future plans for tigers. Please include a short bio (no more than 2 paragraphs) with your SSP application, including a brief explanation of why you are interested in the position. Please send materials to Tara Harris, Tiger SSP Coordinator.

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.

AZA SAFE Project Coordinator Vacancies

The following AZA SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, use the designated email address listed with each AZA SAFE species.

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
  • Snaring abatement

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

  • Habitat mapping

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Alan Yester, Birmingham Zoo

Jonathan Minton, SeaWorld San Diego

Studbook Keeper

Matthew McHarness, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Kathryn Pilgram-Kloppe, Saint Louis Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due September 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

TAG Chair

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

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

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

Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

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

Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Antelope and Giraffe TAG Chair.

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

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

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Tim Thier, Equid TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Beth Firchau, Marine Fishes TAG Chair.
In addition to the AZA documents normally required for the application, the MFTAG would like to request the following additional supplementary materials:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation from AZA members.
  2. One (1) letter of support from a current Program Leader, Studbook Keeper, or member of TAG leadership with whom the candidate has discussed this opportunity and will be able to use as a mentor moving forward.
  3. A statement of why the candidate wishes to contribute to AZA as a Studbook Keeper for this species.

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

Cardinal, Red-crested
Elephant, African
Honeyeater, Blue-faced
Iguana, Grand Cayman Blue
Koala, Queensland
Monkey, DeBrazza’s
Monkey, Patas
Oryx, Arabian
Owl, Eurasian Eagle
Rhinoceros, Greater One-horned
Screamer, Crested
Sifaka, Coquerel’s
Vulture, King
Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon

Animal Care Manuals

Eulemur Care Manual - Spanish


Bustard, Kori
Callimico (International)
Elephant, African
Gharial, Indian
Kangaroo, Western Grey
Kudu, Lesser
Laughingthrush, Blue-crowned
Magpie, Red-billed Blue
Mouflon, Armenian
Owl, Snowy
Shark, Sand Tiger
Tanager, Silver-beaked
Toad, Wyoming
Turtle, Vietnamese Pond

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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