Animal Programs Monthly Update: January 2017

January 2017

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

The December 2016 Sustainability Designations list for AZA Animal Programs is now available! Please visit the Animal Programs Resources section of the AZA website to download the full listing.

AZA SAFE Project Coordinators Needed

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
  • In-situ and ex-situ studies

African Penguin Project Coordinators

  • Health monitoring and rehabilitation
  • Marine contaminant monitoring

Cheetah Project Coordinators

  • Carnivore positive landscapes
  • Monitoring and enforcement capacity building
  • Cheetah distribution, demographics and population connectivity
  • Snaring abatement
  • Southern African managed reserve metapopulation

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

  • Population assessment
  • Habitat mapping
  • Public engagement

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

Pfaff Memorial Felid Husbandry Course Scholarship

Denver Zoo is proud to announce the availability of a $1,500 scholarship to attend the 2017 Basic Felid Husbandry Course being presented by the AZA Felid TAG on July 17-19, 2017 just prior to the Felid TAG Mid-Year Meeting. This course will be hosted by the Erie Zoo in Erie, PA. The scholarship is in memory of Ashlee Pfaff, Denver Zoo Carnivore Keeper. Please see the flyer for details; the deadline to apply is January 31.  Visit the Felid TAG website for more details, and contact Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson with any questions.

New SSPs

Kathy Russell, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Dino Ferri, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Andy Van Laan, Lincoln Park Zoo

SSP Coordinator

Judy McAuliffe, Houston Zoo, Inc.

Studbook Keeper

Seth Groesbeck, Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due  February 1, 2017, 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 Martha Fischer, Antelope & Giraffe TAG Chair.

Please send applications to Christie Eddie, Prosimian TAG Chair.

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

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Martin Ramirez, Wild Pig, Peccary, and Hippo TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Martin Ramirez, Wild Pig, Peccary, and Hippo TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Martin Ramirez, Wild Pig, Peccary, and Hippo 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

Cacique, Yellow-rumped
Cat, Black-footed
Cat, Fishing
Dove, Beautiful Fruit
Gazelle, Grant's
Lemur, Collared
Monitor, Crocodile
Pelican, Dalmatian
Tapir, Malayan
Tenrec, Lesser Madagascar Hedgehog
Tortoise, Common Spider
Tortoise, Madagascar Flat-tailed
Tortoise, Northern Spider
Tortoise, Radiated
Tortoise, Southern Spider
Toucan, Toco
Vulture, Eurasian Black
Wolf, Red
Zebra, Hartmann’s Mountain

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)

Alligator, Chinese
Dove, Pink-headed Fruit
Tenrec, Lesser Madagascar Hedgehog


Caracal - International
Crane, Wattled - International
Curassow, Helmeted
Mouse, Perdido Key Beach
Otter, North American River
Owl, Spectacled
Parrot, Hawk-headed
Peccary, Chacoan
Pigeon, Victoria-crowned
Pigeon, Western (Blue) Crowned
Starling, Amethyst
Starling, Emerald
Teal, Marbled
Tortoise, Radiated
Tree Shrew, Northern
Turtle, McCord’s Box

Animal Care Manuals

Chimpanzee - translated into Spanish
Greater Roadrunner


Laughingthrush, Blue-crowned

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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