Animal Programs Monthly Update: December 2017

December 2017

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

If your SSP’s Institutional Representative (IR) list is not up-to-date, you should contact the Institutional Liaison (IL) to request that they update their IRs through the AZA website! Find the contact information for ILs here.

Rodrigues Fruit Bat SSP

The Rodrigues Fruit Bat SSP is looking for new institutions to house and breed this amazing animal! This species can make a dynamic diurnal exhibit and, having just been downgraded from IUCN Critically Endangered to Endangered thanks in no small part to the SSP long-term conservation investment, they deliver a strong conservation message. Please contact Steph Oberlin for details.

AZA Accepting Proposals for New SAFE Species

AZA and its members 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 this 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

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

Mary Healy Grant for AZA Avian Leadership Development

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG) is pleased to announce that it is again offering leadership grants for non-management staff to attend the ASAG meetings in March 2018 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.  View the guidelines and application, and contact Tom Schneider with any questions. The submission deadline is December 29, 2017. 

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Stacy Plocher, Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

Janice Hoffman, Zoo Miami

Kim Boyer, Roger Williams Park Zoo

SSP Coordinator

Steve Metzler, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Candidate Program Leader

Maris Muzzy, John G. Shedd Aquarium

New Program Leader Vacancies

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

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

Please send application materials to George Brandy, Freshwater Fishes TAG Chair.

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

Studbook Keeper

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

Please send application materials to Don Goff, Felid TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

Please send application materials to Harrison Edell, Ciconiiformes and Phoenicopteriformes 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.


Aoudad, Kordofan
Bat, Rodrigues Fruit
Bird-of-Paradise, Raggiana
Bushbaby, Moholi
Cacique, Yellow-rumped
Cassowary, Southern (International)
Crane, Grey-crowned
Crane, Hooded
Frogmouth, Tawny
Galago, Northern Greater
Ibis, Cape (International)
Kangaroo, Red
Laughingthrush, White-crested
Lizard, Rio Fuerte Beaded
Monkey, Schmidt’s Red-tailed
Orangutan (International)
Pelican, Great White
Ray, Spotted Eagle
Sawfish, Largetooth
Sawfish, Longcomb
Sawfish, Smalltooth
Swan, Coscoroba
Toad, Puerto Rican Crested

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Argus, Great
Ass, Somali Wild
Baboon, Hamadryas
Dik-dik, Kirk’s
Kob, Uganda
Tiger, Generic
Tiger, Malayan
Tiger, Sumatran
Tortoise, Forsten’s
Turtle, Spiny

Animal Care Manuals

Orangutan Care Manual

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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