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.
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.
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 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.
The following SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, contact AZA's SAFE staff.
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.
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.
Tracey Mumby, San Diego Zoo
Bevan Clark, Duke University Lemur Center
THRUSH, COMMON SHAMA
Kate Lyngle-Cowand Tracy Aviary
Ruston Hartdegen, Dallas Zoo
CHUCKWALLA, SAN ESTEBAN
Kelly Garner, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
Elizabeth Harmon, Naples Zoo
WOLF, MEXICAN GRAY (International)
Sarah Greely, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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.
Please send application materials to Karen Bauman, Canid and Hyaenid 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.
Lemur, Gray Mouse
Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant
Thrush, Common Shama
Buffalo, African Savanna
Frog, Dusky Gopher
Ibis, Southern Bald
Otter, North American River
Rhinoceros, Eastern Black
Tree Shrew, Northern
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.