If you need an extension for your SSP Breeding & Transfer Plan or Studbook, please contact your TAG Chair and the AZA Conservation & Science Department prior to the upcoming deadline and be sure to request a new deadline date.
The AZA Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC), working in association with the AZA Accreditation Commission, offers a workshop for those who develop Institutional Collection Plans (ICPs). Topics covered will include the philosophy and importance of ICPs, the necessary (and unnecessary) components of ICPs, and the tools and resources available to AZA members. The workshop will include advice and testimonials from ICP users from various zoological fields and an exercise to develop an ICP for a hypothetical institution. Workshop attendees will gain new understanding of the intended function and value of ICPs, as well as the skills to produce them. Please RSVP to the AZA Conservation & Science Department if you plan on attending.
This WCMC led workshop will discuss a new initiative to address SSP population sustainability: TAG level strategic planning. WCMC members will discuss strategies for species selection, and the purpose, value and importance of developing SMART goals for AZA Animal Programs. This will be followed by participants engaging in and discussing mock scenarios. The workshop will be especially geared toward TAG Chairs, Vice Chairs, and AZA Program Leaders. We hope that the workshop will encourage participants to engage with their fellow TAG members in making strategic, transparent decisions regarding Animal Programs to advance population sustainability. Please RSVP to the AZA Conservation & Science Department if you plan on attending.
“Enhancement” of a species’ propagation or survival in its native range is a requirement for obtaining US Fish and Wildlife transport permits for listed species. This requirement is only likely to become more stringent as an increasing number of lawsuits are filed against the issuance of these permits and for international species subject to CITES listings. Learn more about this requirement and how Animal Program-led, strategic, outcome-oriented conservation projects can help the AZA community meet both the letter of the law of the requirement, and build conservation credibility internationally and at home.
Communication is a tool that can either pave the way to program success or become an overwhelming obstacle for Animal Programs engaged in conservation. With expectations of developing and disseminating content via social media, websites, annual reporting, communications to donors and field personnel, and more, early development of a comprehensive communication plans can lead to significant time-savings down the road, fend off donor fatigue, engage new donors, and build lasting support for a conservation program. Learn more about developing a high impact communication plan that capitalizes on tested messages and the latest tips and trends in digital media.
Giraffe is AZA’s first SAFE Member-sponsored Species program! Congratulations to Drs. Liza Dadone (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo) and Kristen Lukas (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo) on their successful application and for working with the SAFE Implementation Task Force and AZA’s Field Conservation Committee as this new program is developed. The SAFE Member-sponsored Species program will bring together members of the AZA community to advance the conservation plans of threatened species. Look for more information and how to become involved at this year’s Mid-Year Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.
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.
AZA's Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) is now accepting proposals for the 2017 grant cycle. The CGF supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA members and their collaborators. Proposals are due March 15, 2017 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 is found on the AZA website.
The AZA Amphibian TAG (ATAG) small grants were initiated to support projects that uphold the conservation priorities of the AZA ATAG Regional Collection Plan (RCP). Review of this plan is strongly recommended (available for downloading through the Animal Programs Database. The ATAG Steering Committee will select projects for funding based on the following:
Please see the flyer for details; the deadline to apply is April 1. Contact Andy Snider with any questions.
The Cryptobranchid Interest Group (CIG) will consider proposals for two separate grants for amounts up to $1,000 each. Each applicant will automatically be considered for both grants when submitting this single application.
The Ron Goellner Conservation Fund awards up to $1,000 to projects related to all Cryptobranchids (Giant Chinese and Japanese salamanders, as well as hellbenders). The Jennifer Elwood Hellbender Conservation Grant awards up to $1,000 to projects related only to hellbenders.
These CIG grants were initiated to support projects that uphold conservation priorities for giant aquatic salamanders. The CIG grant committee prefers projects that are broad in scope and over-all impact for the taxa in general and will select applications for funding based on the following:
Please see the flyer for details or download the form from the CIG website; the deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. Contact Diane Barber with any questions.
FLYING FOX, INDIAN
Sydney Carlile, Rolling Hills Zoo
IBIS, MADAGASCAR CRESTED
Kendal Davis, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Josh Sisk, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Ryan Sears, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Nichole Hartman, National Aviary
TURTLE, YELLOW-BLOTCHED MAP
Mackenzie Mathis, Tennessee Aquarium
Joe Forys, Audubon Zoo
HOG, RED RIVER
Matt James, Zoo Miami
PIG, VISAYAN WARTY
Craig Miller, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
TURTLE, BEAL’S FOUR-EYED
Bill Hughes, Tennessee Aquarium
Sarah Pechtel, Potter Park Zoological Gardens
TURTLE, CAGLE’S MAP
Craig Pelke, San Antonio Zoological Society
TURTLE, PEARL RIVER MAP
Abbey Elkert, Memphis Zoo
Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks. Applications are due April 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.
MARINE MAMMAL TAG
Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation & Science Department.
TURTLE, YELLOW-HEADED TEMPLE
Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.
Please send application materials to Harrison Edell, Ciconiiformes/Phoenicopteriformes TAG Chair.
Please note that all documents are available for download on the Program's page found by logging in and searching the Animal Programs Database.
Duck, Spotted Whistling
Duck, West Indian Whistling
Gecko, Henkel’s Leaf-tailed
Lemur, Red Ruffed
Otter, Asian Small-clawed
Otter, North American River
Flying Fox, Indian
Ibis, Madagascar Crested
Langur, Silvered Leaf
Penguin, Northern Rockhopper
Rhinoceros, Eastern Black
Snake, Louisiana Pine
All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation & Science Department by the 25th of the prior month.