Animal Programs Monthly Update: May 2017

May 2017

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

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.

Swift Fox Studbook Keeper Position

This SSP is run in conjunction with the United States Swift Fox Conservation Team, with the Coordinator representing AZA, the Canid & Hyaenid TAG, and the SSP.   Therefore, in addition to typical Studbook Keeper duties, candidates must be able to assist the SSP Coordinator with Team business and potentially attend Team meetings held every 2 years in a range state. Due to this unique SSP/Team partnership, preference will be given to candidates that reside in range states, have experiences working with USFWS and/or State Agencies (experience need not be with canids), and have a thorough understanding of both ends of the OnePlan ex-situ to in-situ continuum. Please see the New Program Leader Vacancies section (below) for how to apply.


The following AZA SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, use the designated email address listed with each AZA SAFE species.

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

African Penguin Project Coordinators

  • Health monitoring and rehabilitation

Cheetah Project Coordinators

  • Carnivore positive landscapes
  • Monitoring and enforcement capacity building
  • Cheetah distribution, demographics and population connectivity
  • Snaring abatement
  • Southern African managed reserve metapopulation

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

  • Habitat mapping

AZA Professional Development

Registration is now open for the remainder of our 2017 courses! These are some of our most popular courses of the year so register early to secure your space for your preferred session. Early registrants will also catch our most discounted rate to attend! For more information and to register, select your course of interest from below.  

Principles of Aquarium Husbandry, Design and Leadership
October 1 – 6, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
Who should attend? Aquarists with 2+ years of experience in the field
Early Bird Registration Deadline – Sunday, July 9th

Animal Training Applications in Zoo and Aquarium Settings
October 8 – 13, Denver Zoo, Denver, CO
Who should attend? Keepers, aquarists, trainers, and education staff who work with animals
Early bird registration deadline – Sunday, July 16th

Managing Animal Enrichment and Training Programs
October 8 – 13, Denver Zoo, Denver, CO
Who should attend? Managers, curators, and senior staff managing animal enrichment and training programs
Early bird registration deadline – Sunday, July 16th

Principles of Elephant Management II
October 24 - 27, Houston Zoo, Houston, TX
Who should attend? Elephant care managers, curators, and directors
Early Bird Registration Deadline – Tuesday, August 1st

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 & Science Department.

Funding and Award Opportunities

Arthur A. Seeligson Jr. Conservation Fund, Fort Worth Zoo

The Fort Worth Zoo is seeking proposals in 2017 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.  Funds requested should be $5,000 or less.  For proposal guidelines and the application form please contact Jenny Elston, Ph.D., Curator of Conservation and Behavior.  For more information about the SCF please visit the Fort Worth Zoo website. The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

New SSPs

Sarah Patterson, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Kim Boyer, Audubon Zoo

New Program Leaders

TAG Chair

Eric Gaglione, Georgia Aquarium

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Susan Greer, Dallas Zoo

Rachel Myers, Naples Zoo

Studbook Keeper

Sabrina Misek, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

Rachel Miller Ritchason, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due  June 1, 2017, 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 Aimee Greenebaum, Chardriiformes TAG Vice Chair.

Please send application materials to Brian Pope, Bat TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Sara Hallager, Struthioniformes TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

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

Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Antelope and Giraffe 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

Bird-of-Paradise, Superb
Cassowary, Southern (Double-wattled)
Crocodile, Slender-snouted
Gecko, Giant Leaf-tailed
Guineafowl, Crested
Lapwing, Masked
Lechwe, Nile
Lemur, Black and White Ruffed
Loris, Pygmy
Macaque, Lion-tailed
Puffin, Atlantic
Rhea, Greater
Seal, Grey
Stork, Marabou
Turtle, Four-eyed
Turtle, Keeled Box
Vulture, African White-backed

Regional Collection Plans

Rodent, Insectivore, Lagomorph


Bongo (International)
Cichlid, Lake Victoria
Cockatoo, Palm
Condor, California
Elephant, Asian
Hornbill, Northern Ground
Kudu, Greater
Pheasant, Edward’s
Porcupine, Cape and Crested
Tortoise, Home’s Hinge-back
Turtle, Sulawesi Forest
Wallaroo, Common

Population Viability Analyses

Canid and Hyaenid TAG
Crocodile, Siamese

Want to contribute to the Update?

All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation & Science Department by the 25th of the prior month.


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