Animal Programs Monthly Update January 2019

January 2019

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

The December 2018 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.

Animal Keepers' Forum Special Issue

The November/December special issue of the Animal Keepers' Forum is dedicated to population management. PMC staff, AZA staff, many Adjunct Population Biologists, and some Program Leaders were all authors on various articles. This issue is targeted to the individuals on the front line of cooperative population management programs and addresses the role of the keeper in sustainable animal populations in zoos and aquariums around the globe. You can buy a copy through the American Association of Zoo Keepers’ website.

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

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 SSPs

Sarah Pechtel, Potter Park Zoo

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Cassandra Kutilek, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo

Lauren Harster, Saint Louis Zoo

Maggie Reynolds, Rainforest & Aquarium at Moody Gardens, Inc.

Studbook Keeper

Dan Boehm, Lincoln Park Zoo

Joe Hauser, Buffalo Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

Katrina McCauley, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Jeremy Brodt, New England Aquarium

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due February 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 Don Goff, Felid TAG Chair. In addition to the AZA documents normally required for the application, the Felid TAG would like to request the following additional supplementary materials:

  1. A cover letter outlining the applicant’s experience working with black-footed cats, involvement working with the conservation of black-footed cats, and if the applicant has completed the PM1 course.

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

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Joe Knobbe, Old World Monkey 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.


Argus, Great
Cat, Pallas’
Crane, Whooping
Gazelle, Nubian Soemmerring’s
Gerenuk, Southern
Goose, African Pygmy
Goose, Indian Pygmy
Goose, Red-breasted
Ibis, Hadada
Kingfisher, Guam
Leopard, Amur
Loris, Pygmy Slow
Macaque, Japanese
Otter, North American River
Pelican, Dalmatian
Penguin, African
Porcupine, North American
Screamer, Southern
Seahorse, Big Bellied
Snail, Partula
Squirrel, Prevost’s
Tamandua, Southern
Tapir, Malayan
Toucan, Toco
Turtle, Blanding’s
Turtle, Yellow-headed Temple

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Babirusa, North Sulawesi
Cacique, Yellow-rumped
Cat, Pallas’
Cat, Sand
Crane, White-naped
Flamingo, Greater
Gazelle, Speke’s
Gibbon, White-cheeked
Goose, Orinoco
Hornbill, Trumpeter
Lizard, Chinese Crocodile
Starling, Violet-backed
Tapir, Baird’s
Tiger, Generic
Tiger, Malayan
Tiger, Sumatran
Toucan, Toco
Weaver, White-headed Buffalo

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 at by the 25th of the prior month.

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