Animal Programs Monthly Update: June 2016

June 2016

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

When searching for a specific document or a Program Leader’s contact information in the AZA Animal Programs Database, please note that you must be logged into the AZA website as an individual member in order to view this information. Please keep in mind that the system logs out without notice after 20 minutes of inactivity on the site. If this happens, please log out and log back in to the AZA website to gain access to the Animal Program documents and Program Leader contact information.

AZA SAFE Updates

Cheetah SAFE Conservation Action Plan Update

A webinar was held May 26 with the AZA Cheetah SSP Institutional Representatives to discuss the implementation of the projects mapped out in the Cheetah Conservation Action Plan. The Cheetah Conservation Action Plan Update and Call for Participation Webinar can be viewed on the AZA YouTube page. Contact Debi Luke at AZA for more information on any of the projects. 

Vaquita SAFE 

report was released this month from the Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (CIRVA: International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita) that estimates that there are only 60 vaquita remaining in the wild. This report clearly states that unless Mexico extends the gillnet ban and enhances its strong commitment to combat illegal fishing, the vaquita will be driven to extinction within five years. Debi Luke recently attended a Fishing Technologies for the Upper Gulf of California Workshop held in Merida, Mexico on April 27-29. The meeting was hosted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mexico, Instituto Nacional de Pesca (INAPESCA), and the Marine Mammal Commission and attended by representatives from US and Mexican government agencies, fishing technology experts from around the globe, non-government organizations and fisherman participating in the alternative gear testing program. The development and use of alternative types of fishing gear is vital to the conservation of vaquita since current driftnets and gillnets are causing 5-7% vaquita mortality each year. Several new types of gear will be developed and tested in 2016.

The SAFE Vaquita Call for Participation includes several vitally important Projects that AZA members have already assumed leadership roles in and I encourage you to view this document (click link above) to see how your zoo or aquarium can also support these efforts. One new role that was identified during this meeting to be of vital importance is to have independent observers on each of the fishing pangas that will be testing gear from September – December. This is a great opportunity for an employee at your facility to become directly involved in field conservation!

SSP Sustainability Reports and Search Portal

SSP Sustainability Reports are now accessible to all staff at AZA-accredited institutions and certified-related facilities by logging into MyAZA and selecting “SSP Sustainability Reports” on the left. As everyone familiarizes themselves with this new tool for collection planning, Program Leaders are reminded of the importance of reviewing their report for accuracy and completeness. Edits and questions may be sent to Lauren Wilson.

Professional Development Course Scholarships

Scholarship applications are open for 2016-2017 AZA Professional Development courses!Learn more and apply for one of these great opportunities to attend an AZA course. Deadline to apply is July 17.

Workshops, Conferences, and Meetings

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Please visit the Animal Programs Workshops, Conferences, & Meetings page to find the current list of these workshops 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

Arthur A. Seeligson Jr. Conservation Fund

The Fort Worth Zoo is seeking proposals in 2016 for the Arthur A. Seeligson Jr. Conservation Fund (SCF). The SCF was established to promote and enable conservation of native Texas wildlife through partnerships with scientists, educators, organizations and private landowners committed to conserving the biodiversity of Texas. In 2016, the SCF is especially interested in research proposals that support conservation of monarch butterflies and/or native pollinators (e.g., bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, bats, etc.) and their habitats however, all wildlife conservation projects in Texas will be considered. For proposal guidelines and the application form please contact Jenny Elston, Ph.D., Curator of Conservation and Behavior. 

Please be sure to visit AZA's Other Conservation Funding Sources page for information about grants provided by AZA-accredited institutions as well as external sources and check out the excel sheet for detailed information on many other useful resources. Please email any other funding opportunities to AZA's Conservation and Science Department for posting on the website.

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Jessica Theule, San Diego Zoo

Matt Gelvin, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Traci Belting, Seattle Aquarium

SSP Coordinator

Sheri Horiszny, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Studbook Keeper

Lisa Van Slett, Dallas Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

Sydney Carlile, Rolling Hills Zoo

Charlie Hyde, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due July 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

TAG Chair

Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation & Science Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Don Goff, Felid TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Chelle Plasse, Columbiformes TAG Chair.

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

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Don Goff, Felid 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

Aracari, Green
Bluebird, Fairy
Bongo, Eastern
Chat, Snowy-headed Robin
Frog, Panamanian Golden (Sora)
Gazelle, Addra
Horse, Asian Wild
Jay, Plush Crested
Ibis, African Sacred
Langur, Francois’
Lemur, Gray Mouse
Oryx, Fringe-eared
Pigeon, Victoria-crowned
Pigeon, Western (Blue) Crowned
Teal, Madagascar
Tortoise, Brown Forest

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)

Baboon, Hamadryas
Hippopotamus, River
Langur, Silvered Leaf


Bustard, Kori (International)
Duiker, Blue
Ferret, Black-footed
Ibex, Nubian
Lynx, Canada
Macaw, Hyacinth
Owl, Snowy
Peccary, Collared
Penguin, Southern Rockhopper
Saki, White-faced
Sea Lion, California
Snake, Louisiana Pine
Stork, Saddle-billed
Turtle, Flowerback Box
Turtle, Indochinese Box
Turtle, Southern Vietnamese Flowerback Box


Dove, Pink-necked (Temminck’s) Fruit

Regional Collection Plans

Pangolin, Aardvark, Xenarthra


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