Animal Programs Monthly Update: December 2016

December 2016

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Remember to log-in to the SSP Sustainability Search Portal and review your SSP Sustainability Report. These reports are a great tool to use in institutional collection planning, and a great way to get institutions interested in your SSP species! Please contact the AZA Conservation & Science Department if you have updates to or questions about your report.

AZA SAFE Updates

Dr. Debborah Luke (Senior Vice President, Conservation and Science at AZA) and Martha Fischer (Curator of Mammals/Ungulates and Elephants at Saint Louis Zoo, Elephant TAG Chair and Asian Elephant SSP Coordinator) attended the 8th IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) meeting in Guwahati, India. This meeting brought together 77 Asian elephant conservation experts from 12 of the 13 range countries where wild elephant populations exist. This was the first such meeting of this group in 14 years and served to reinvigorate the AsESG, provide an update on the status of Asian elephant conservation rangewide, and set next steps for conservation of this endangered species. The information garnered from this meeting will serve as the foundation from which representatives from AZA, AsESG, range countries, and NGOs will collaboratively develop the conservation projects that will be included in the SAFE Asian Elephant Conservation Action Plan.

Professional Development

The final registration deadline is approaching for AZA’s Professional Development courses this February! Don’t miss the opportunity to attend our biggest course-hosting event of the year at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV.

Courses run February 6-11, 2017. Registration ends Sunday, January 8th. Learn more and register at Space is still available in:

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

Mary Healy Grant for AZA Avian Leadership Development

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group is pleased to announce that it is again offering leadership grants for non-management staff to attend the ASAG meetings in March to present papers on advancements in the care, welfare, reproduction, or conservation of avian species.  The Mary Healy Grant for AZA Avian Leadership Development is named in honor of Mary Healy, who for her entire career encouraged, supported and mentored members of the AZA bird community. Download the guidelines and application; the submission deadline is December 15, 2016.  Contact Tom Schneider, ASAG Vice-Chair and ASAG Small Grants Program Chair, with any questions or for additional information. 

International Congress of Zookeepers Grant

The International Congress of Zookeepers (ICZ) is proud to offer a grant for conservation projects up to the value of $1,000. The grant covers work to protect wildlife and their habitat. Grant recipients will be required to write a short article on the project and how the money is spent for the ICZ newsletter, “Keeper Notes”. Download the guidelines and application; the submission deadline is December 31, 2016.

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders is pleased to offer three grants to support salamander research, conservation and education initiatives. To better serve our community, we have changed our grant formats. We will be offering a $2,000 grant specific to zoo conservation. This grant will be offered to support initiatives by zoos/aquariums or their employees or efforts made on zoo grounds. This grant is offered in recognition of the monumental support provided to FCSal by zoos and AAZK chapters since our beginnings as Chopsticks for Salamanders.

We are also offering the Dan M. DiGiacomo grant for research, education or conservation efforts in the amount of $5,000 and an additional grant of $1,000 to support Texas salamander research.

Applications can be found on the Foundation’s website at Questions? E-mail

New Program Leaders

SAG Chair

Jamie Ivy, San Diego Zoo

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Hulya Khambatta, Bronx Zoo

Craig Gibbs, Queens Zoo

Nicole Becker, Saint Louis Zoo

Debbie Milligan, Dallas Zoo

SSP Coordinator

Michael Maxcy, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Studbook Keeper

Amanda Ott, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Jenny Schmidt, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due January 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 & Science Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

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

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

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Christie Eddie, Prosimian 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

Argus, Great
Dove, Black-naped Fruit
Gharial, Indian
Lemur, Crowned
Lemur, Mongoose
Lizard, Texas Horned
Penguin, Macaroni
Stork, Abdim's (White-bellied)

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)

Ass, Somali Wild
Dove, Bartlett's Bleeding Heart
Dove, Jambu Fruit
Dove, Mariana Fruit
Dove, White-throated Ground
Pigeon, Nicobar
Caprinae TAG Summary Report
Old World Monkey TAG Summary
Wild Pig, Peccary, Hippo TAG
  Summary Report

Regional Collection Plans



Anoa, Lowland
Dove, Beautiful Fruit
Dove, Mariana Fruit
Leiothrix, Red-billed
Magpie, Azure-winged
Orangutan - International
Oropendola, Crested
Owl, Eurasian Eagle
Pitta, Hooded
Porcupine, Prehensile-tailed
Rail, Guam
Sloth, Hoffman's Two-toed
Sloth, Linne's Two-toed
Snake, Eastern Indigo
Stork, Milky
Stork, Painted
Toucan, Chestnut-mandibled
Turaco, White-Cheeked
Turtle, Wood

Animal Care Manuals

Jellyfish - translated into Spanish

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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