Animal Programs Monthly Update March 2019

March 2019

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

If there are any Officer or Advisor updates to be made on your Animal Program page of the AZA Animal Programs Database, you can email the AZA Conservation, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department to make those changes for you!

AZA Calendar

Walrus Conservation Consortium Workshop

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Walrus Conservation Consortium (WCC) Workshop, April 8-10, 2019, hosted by the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, AK.  There is a $25 registration fee for attendance at the Seward portion of the workshop, but there is no fee if you are only attending the meeting in Anchorage with agency partners.  For more information and registration, please visit the course page.

Please contact a member of the planning committee if you have any questions.  
Carrie Goertz'
Eric Gaglione
Lisa Hartman
Lisa Oland
Malia Somerville

Felid Foundational Husbandry Course

The 2019 Felid Foundational Husbandry Course will be hosted by the Felid TAG and the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska July 2019. This course has been designed to touch upon the foundations of caring for felids and will focus on the fundamentals.  Registration for the course will start April 1, 2019, and information about how to register will come soon.

Please email Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson with any questions.

New World Primate Husbandry Workshop

Registration has officially opened for the NWPTAG Husbandry Workshop being hosted by the Buttonwood Park Zoo from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2019. The New World Primate Husbandry Workshop is an interactive learning experience designed for NWP keepers and supervisors.  Zoo experts and field biologists will be presenting on topics including NWP husbandry, natural history, welfare, training, enrichment, veterinary care, nutrition, conservation, and mixed-species management.  In addition to the activities at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting half-day, primate-focused tours.

Visit Buttonwood Park Zoo's website to register. Registration is limited, so early booking is encouraged.

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

Funding and Award Opportunities

Conservation Grants Fund (CGF)

Application materials for AZA's Conservation Grants Fund are now available, with applications due March 15. Collaborative projects that advance animal health, welfare, population management, field conservation, education, and research are all eligible for support. Learn more and download the materials on the AZA website.

Amphibian TAG Annual Grant

The AZA Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group is accepting applications for its annual ATAG grant program which supports a variety of amphibian conservation and research programs. Applications can be downloaded on the AZA Amphibian TAG website and are due March 29. 

Please email Dustin Smith with any questions.

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Lisa Harmon, Naples Zoo

Joseph T. Svoke, Zoo Miami

Sue Schmid, Bronx Zoo

Studbook Keeper

Katie Anderson, Albuquerque Biological Park

Candidate Program Leader

Lawrie Arends, San Diego Zoo

Clint Guadiana, Gladys Porter Zoo

Amie Mercado, Jacksonville Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due April 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Rebecca Snyder, Bear 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.


Bird-of-Paradise, Raggiana
Bushmaster, South American
Coua, Crested
Ibis, African Sacred
Flying Fox, Island
Flying Fox, Large
Monkey, Allen’s Swamp
Muntjac, Reeves’
Onager, Persian
Otter, Northern Sea
Otter, Southern Sea
Owl, Burrowing
Seriema, Red-legged
Tamarin, Bearded Emperor
Turtle, Northwestern Pond
Turtle, Southwestern Pond
Turtle, Yellow-Blotched Map

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Bat, Rodriques Fruit
Chevrotain, Greater Malayan
Frogmouth, Tawny
Gecko, Satanic Leaf-tailed
Goose, Red-Breasted
Hornbill, Abyssinian Ground
Murre, Common
Partridge, Crested Wood
Penguin, Southern Rockhopper
Starling, Golden-breasted
Turtle, Pan’s Box

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)

Tree Kangaroo, Matschie’s

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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