Animal Programs Monthly Update: July 2018

July 2018

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

The Animal Program Sustainability Designations list is updated quarterly on the AZA website and can be found here. The link to the Program Leader Portal is located in the yellow Program Leader Resources box on the right side of any page in the Animal Care and Management tab as long as you are signed in as an AZA member.

Elephant TAG Seeks Veterinary Advisor

The AZA Elephant TAG/SSP is seeking a Veterinary Advisor. Those interested in applying for this Advisor vacancy should submit a letter of interest and full CV to Martha Fischer, Elephant TAG/SSP Chair.

Two New SAFE Species Announced

AZA SAFE is excited to announce two new SAFE Species: the Eastern Indigo Snake and the African Lion. AZA extends their many thanks to the program teams that have come together to save these animals from extinction!

Eastern Indigo Snake
The eastern indigo snake program, the first SAFE program established to benefit a snake, will be led by Michelle Hoffman from Central Florida Zoological Park. In addition to Central Florida, the original AZA program partners include ZooTampa at Lowry Park and the Birmingham Zoo.

African Lion
The African lion program will be led by Hollie Colahan from the Denver Zoo. Other original AZA program partners include the Los Angeles Zoo and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. 

AZA SAFE now has 18 species programs that you and your institution can help support. To learn more, meet the SAFE species here. If you are interested in becoming a Program Partner, contact

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

National Geographic Society Grant Programs

Until July 10, 2018, NGS is accepting applications for several grant programs, including: Species Recovery, Big Cats Conservation, Participatory Science, Early Career Grants, and several others!

The Species Recovery program, with its focus on IUCN Action Plan implementation, complements AZA's SAFE program well and will fund projects around $30,000, with potential up to $50,000, while the program on Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution may allow some of the plastic reduction efforts at AZA members to be taken to a larger geographic scale.  

If you have questions about the grant program, feel free to contact Kira Mileham. Learn more at:

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

Beth Carlyle-Askew, Woodland Park Zoo

Studbook Keeper

Ashley Roberts, San Diego Zoo

Natalie Davis, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Candidate Program Leader

Matt Hamilton, Tennessee Aquarium

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due August 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 Lindsay Sears, Pangolin, Aardvark, and Xenarthra TAG Chair.

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

Please send application materials to Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Diane Olsen, Pelecaniformes 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.


Bat, Egyptian Fruit
Cat, Black-Footed
Deer, Tufted
Frog, Panamanian Golden (Ahogado)
Gecko, Mossy Leaf-tailed
Koala, Queensland
Nyala, Lowland
Tinamou, Elegant Crested
Tortoise, Madagascar Flat-Tailed
Tortoise, Madagascar Spider
Wallaby, Tammar

Animal Care Manuals

Gorilla, Western Lowland

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Coua, Crested
Frog, Panamanian Golden (Ahogado)
Gecko, Giant Leaf-tailed
Goose, African Pygmy
Goose, Indian Pygmy
Kangaroo, Eastern Gray
Kangaroo, Western Gray
Kingfisher, Guam
Magpie, Red-Billed Blue
Monkey, Central American Spider
Monkey, Mexican Spider
Monkey, Robust Black Spider
Monkey, Variegated (Brown) Spider
Otter, Asian Small-Clawed
Penguin, King
Pheasant, Palawan Peacock
Saki, White-faced
Swan, Trumpeter
Tamarin, Golden-headed Lion
Tanager, Blue-grey
Tinamou, Elegant Crested
Wallaby, Tammar

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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