Animal Programs Monthly Update February 2018

February 2018

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

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AZA Accepting Proposals for New SAFE Species

AZA and its member 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 last 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 AZA's SAFE staff.

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

FrogWatch USA Turns 20

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of FrogWatch USA, a citizen science program offered by AZA that provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads. Read the latest newsletter to discover how much the program has accomplished since 1999. Participate as a volunteer by seeking training at a chapter in your state, or become a chapter coordinator at your own institution to empower others in your community to volunteer! With your help, AZA can reach its goal of increasing volunteer engagement in the program by 20% compared to last year.

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

AZA Conservation Grants Fund

AZA's Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) is now accepting proposals for the 2018 grant cycle. The CGF supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA members and their collaborators. Proposals are due March 15, 2018, and all application materials can be found on the AZA website. Individual AZA members at the Professional Associate, Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, or Student level are eligible to apply. A list of recent awardees can be found on the AZA website. Email CGF Administration if you have any questions.

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 AZA's Conservation, Management & Welfare Sciences Department for posting on the website.

New SSPs

Lauren Cashman, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Joshua Caraballo, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

David Collins, Tennessee Aquarium

SSP Coordinator

Ramon Villaverde, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Studbook Keeper

Sprina Liu, Dallas Zoo

Julie Levans, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Candidate Program Leader

Phillip Horvey, Sedgwick County Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due March 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 Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.

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

Please send application materials to Joe Barkowski, Parrot TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Chris Hamlin Andrus, Marsupial and Monotreme 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.


Armadillo, Screaming
Cardinal, Red-capped
Chat, Snowy-headed Robin
Crane, Black-crowned
Curassow, Blue-billed
Duiker, Black
Gibbon, Lar (White-handed)
Gibbon, White-cheeked
Giraffe, Generic
Giraffe, Masai
Goral, Chinese
Ibis, Scarlet
Lemur, Brown
Lemur, Ring-tailed
Lizard, Texas Horned
Monkey, Common Squirrel
Penguin, Southern Rockhopper
Starling, Golden-breasted
Stork, European White
Teal, Madagascar
Toad, Houston
Tortoise, Impressed
Turaco, Lady Ross’
Turaco, Violaceous
Turtle, Malaysian Giant
Vulture, Lappet-faced
Waterbuck, Common
Zebra, Plains

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Bird-of-Paradise, Raggiana
Flying Fox, Island
Flying Fox, Large
Gazelle, Addra
Gecko, Satanic Leaf-tailed
Goose, Red-breasted
Hornbill, Southern Ground
Hyrax, Rock
Kudu, Lesser
Mongoose, Dwarf
Owl, Burrowing
Porcupine, Prehensile-tailed
Rattlesnake, Aruba Island
Tanager, Turquoise
Toad, Puerto Rican Crested
Tortoise, Egyptian
Toucan, Toco
Wolf, Red

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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