Animal Programs Monthly Update: March 2018

March 2018

AZA Animal Program Meetings and Workshops at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting

Collection Planning Workshop
Monday, March 26, 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The AZA Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC), offers a workshop for those who develop Institutional Collection Plans (ICPs). Workshop attendees will gain new understanding of the intended function and value of ICPs, as well as the skills to produce them.

AZA Animal Programs – Updates, Questions, & Problem Solving
Tuesday, March 27, 10:00am – 11:30am

Come to this meeting to hear the latest updates about AZA Animal Programs and ask AZA staff and WCMC members any questions that you might have. This meeting is designed for current and future Program Leaders, Institutional Representatives (IRs), and anyone participating with AZA Animal Programs.

TAG Chairs Meeting
Tuesday, March 27, 11:30am – 12:30pm

This meeting is geared towards TAG Chairs and TAG Officers. Come learn about TAG strategic planning and updates from AZA and WCMC.

Ambassador Animal Guidelines

The Ambassador Animal Scientific Advisory Group (AASAG) and the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC) are excited to announce a new resource - “Ambassador Animal Guidelines” or AAGs. This new resource will help enhance the animal welfare and education impact of ambassador animals in our care. The AASAG and AZA staff have created a template and development process that will allow Program Leaders and the AASAG to work together to create clear and consistent guidelines for the care and presentation of animals when an Animal Care Manual (ACM) does not (yet) exist. You can find these resources on the AZA website.

AZA SAFE welcomes Kayla Ripple new SAFE Coordinator!

Welcome Kayla! Kayla has a Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science from the University of Florida and most recently served as the Science Program Manager for the Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys. Kayla will work with the individual SAFE Species programs, help weave those efforts into the national communications strategies, and promote conservation-related professional development opportunities for members.

AZA Accepting Proposals for New SAFE Species

AZA and its member institutions are continuing to reach new heights of collaborative conservation by expanding SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. We are accepting proposals for new SAFE Species programs which will advance established conservation plans and prioritize collaboration among AZA institutions – and it is up to you to identify the focal species. Just last summer, three of your peers’ proposals were approved, and now African vultures, black-footed ferrets, and radiated tortoises have been established as SAFE Species. If you are interested in leading the way for the recovery of a threatened species, explore the website to learn more about eligibility, explore the resource handbook, and take the first step by downloading the proposal form.

SAFE Project Coordinator Vacancies

The following SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, contact AZA's SAFE staff.

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

Cheetah Project Coordinators

  • Carnivore positive landscapes
  • Monitoring and enforcement capacity building
  • Cheetah distribution, demographics and population connectivity

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

  • Habitat mapping

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

AZA Conservation Grants Fund

AZA's Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) is now accepting proposals for the 2018 grant cycle. The CGF supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA members and their collaborators. Proposals are due March 15, 2018, 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 can be found on the AZA website. Email CGF Administration if you have any questions.

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 AZA's Conservation, Management & Welfare Sciences Department for posting on the website.

New SSPs

Tracey Mumby, San Diego Zoo

Bevan Clark, Duke University Lemur Center

Kate Lyngle-Cowand Tracy Aviary

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Ruston Hartdegen, Dallas Zoo

Studbook Keeper

Kelly Garner, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Elizabeth Harmon, Naples Zoo

WOLF, MEXICAN GRAY (International)
Sarah Greely, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due April 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Karen Bauman, Canid and Hyaenid 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.


Bear, Sloth
Curassow, Wattled
Goose, Nene
Hwamei, Chinese
Hyrax, Rock
Langur, Francois’
Lemur, Gray Mouse
Mynah, Bali
Owl, Burrowing
Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant
Pigeon, Nicobar
Spoonbill, Roseate
Tanager, Blue-grey
Thrush, Common Shama

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Bettong, Brush-tailed
Buffalo, African Savanna
Cardinal, Red-capped
Crane, Black-crowned
Fox, Fennec
Frog, Dusky Gopher
Frogmouth, Tawny
Giraffe, Generic
Giraffe, Masai
Ibis, Hadada
Ibis, Southern Bald
Leoithrix, Red-billed
Lizard, Caiman
Oryx, Scimitar-horned
Otter, North American River
Pheasant, Edwards’s
Pronghorn, Peninsular
Rhinoceros, Eastern Black
Starling, Golden-breasted
Tamandua, Southern
Tree Shrew, Northern

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 by the 25th of the prior month.


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