Animal Programs Monthly Update December 2018

December 2018

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

2019 SSP Sustainability Award Applications Due Soon!

The deadline for the 2019 SSP Sustainability Award is approaching! The AZA SSP Sustainability Award celebrates the successes of Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Programs by recognizing initiatives that have a quantifiable impact on the long-term sustainability of an SSP's managed population. This award is a great opportunity for the Association to recognize the hard work that you do for your SSP Program. Applications for the 2019 Award should be submitted to Barbara Pueschel by December 15, 2018. Information on award criteria, submission guidelines, and an application form can be found on the AZA website. For questions about the award and its requirements, please reach out to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee. 

AZA Calendar

New World Primate TAG Husbandry Workshop

Learn about the care and conservation of New World Primates at this husbandry workshop, hosted by Buttonwood Park Zoo on September 30-October 4, 2019. See here for more information; additional details will follow. Please email Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair, with questions.

Avian Scientific Advisory Group Workshop

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group will be hosting a workshop focused on avian welfare at the 2019 AZA Mid-Year meeting, and seeks poster submissions and participants to share 20-minute presentations on any of the following topics:

  • Sharing information on the new AZA welfare assessment standards
  • Development of avian welfare assessment tools
  • Avian welfare case and research studies
  • Open discussion on welfare assessments and addressing common avian welfare concerns

If interested, please submit an abstract (indicating poster or presentation, or both!) to Tom Schneider, Ric Urban, and Katie Vyas by January 15, 2019.

Avian Egg Incubation Workshop

The Houston Zoo is hosting two Artificial Incubation Workshops in early 2019: one from January 20-24, and one from January 28-Feb 1. You can download a registration form here, and contact Hannah Bailey, Columbiformes TAG Chair, with any questions.

Shark Reef Aquatic Medicine Seminar

The 2019 Shark Reef Aquatic Medicine Seminar, held in Las Vegas from March 1-3, 2019, will feature another fantastic line-up of presentations centered on practical applications of aquatic medicine in day-to-day situations. The seminar offers a fully "hands-on" wet lab. This is an outstanding opportunity for C.E. credit and offers participants the chance to network and work side-by side with some of the best aquatic veterinary specialists in the country. A full list of presenters can be found here, and you contact Jack Jewell for additional information or to register.

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

The Mary Healy Grant for AZA Avian Leadership Development

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG) will be accepting applications for the Mary Healy Grant for Avian Leadership Development through January 15, 2019.  The goal of the grant is to develop the next generation of AZA avian leaders, and it will support attendance at the 2019 Mid-Year Conference to present at the ASAG general session on April 17, 2019. You can click here for more details on the grant, and download an application form here. Please contact Tom Schneider if you have any questions, and submit completed applications to both Tom and Sprina Liu.

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 for posting on the website.

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Erin Moloney, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Mairim Martinez, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Mike Teller, Calgary Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due January 1, 2019, 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 Tom Schneider, Penguin TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Steve Metzler, Antelope & Giraffe TAG Chair.

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.


Barbet, Bearded
Colobus, Angolan
Crane, Demoiselle
Dog, African Painted
Eagle, Steller’s Sea
Flamingo, Greater
Goose, Orinoco
Kangaroo, Eastern Gray
Leopard, Clouded (International)
Marmoset, Geoffroy’s
Saki, White-faced
Tamarin, Cotton-top
Tamarin, Pied
Tortoise, Egyptian
Tortoise, Galapagos
Zebra, Hartmann’s Mountain

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Coatimundi, White-nosed
Gazelle, Nubian Soemmerring’s
Gazelle, Slender-horned
Hornbill, Rhinoceros
Lapwing, Spur-Winged
Lemur, Mongoose
Leopard, Clouded
Markhor, Turkmenian
Motmot, Blue-crowned
Mouse, Perdido Key Beach
Penguin, Humboldt
Porcupine, North American
Squirrel, Prevost’s
Teal, Marbled

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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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