Animal Programs Monthly Update May 2019

May 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 & Science Department to make those changes for you!

AZA Calendar

Prosimian TAG Husbandry Workshop

The 2019 Prosimian TAG Husbandry Workshop will be held at the Dallas Zoo July 22-24. This is an excellent opportunity for animal care staff and mangers to network and share information on these unique species. Presenters include members of the Prosimian TAG Steering Committee, AZA Program Leaders, field conservation leaders and experienced professional AZA animal care staff. Topics will cover mixed species management, introductions, managing seasonal aggression, breeding, welfare, nutrition, veterinary care, nocturnal management, training and enrichment, conservation messaging and more. The workshop will be followed by the Prosimian TAG Annual Meeting July 24th - 26th.

Registration is $125 for workshop only (July 22-24) and $150 for workshop and meeting (July 22-26). Cost includes Zoo Day festivities with tours, happy hour, dinner and silent auction to benefit the Prosimian TAG. Also included: transportation to and from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Dallas Zoo, hotel and the surrounding areas.

Visit the Dallas Zoo website to register. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today! Preference will be given to AZA member organization staff. If you have any questions, please email the Prosimian TAG.

Tiger Conservation Campaign

In 2019, the Tiger Conservation Campaign is continuing to promote the “Shop Smart for Tigers” sustainable palm oil pledge and would love your help with talking to guests about the issue and the pledge.  And coming up before too long – it’s Global Tiger Day on July 29th!  You can download Global Tiger Day posters, a Shop Smart for Tigers poster, and lots of other materials here.

Also in 2019, a new Malayan tiger conservation project is being offered for support. You can download a detailed description of this project on the Tiger Conservation Campaign website and read about the Woodland Park Zoo project (in partnership with Panthera and Rimba), “Indigenous Community Conservation and Poaching Prevention”.

If you have questions about making a donation or about a previous donation, please contact Heidi Paltzer.

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.

"From Good Care to Great Welfare" Workshop

The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics is offering an immersive five-day workshop October 7-11, 2019 for professionals working with and around captive animals. The workshop is designed to help participants better understand animals' perspectives and experiences, address the challenges captivity imposes on animal welfare, and develop the skills necessary to assess and improve overall well-being.  The workshop is comprised of lectures, discussions, group projects and hands-on exercises at the Detroit Zoo. 

This course is designed for animal care professionals employed by accredited organizations that promote excellent animal welfare, such as those accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, other regional zoo and aquarium accrediting bodies (e.g., Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. 

For more information and to apply, please visit the CZAW webpage or email

Kansas City Zoo Animal Training Workshop

This workshop will be held Oct 17-18, 2019 and will cover basic training principles, offer hands on opportunities, and teach problem solving, team building, and time management skills! Learn more and register here

Canid and Hyenid Husbandry Course

Registration for the 2019 Canid and Hyenid Husbandry course is now open. This year we will be at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Nov 1-4. Class size is limited to 30 participants so please register early to ensure you get in. See attached flyer for details. Click here for registration.

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

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 Program Leaders

TAG Chair

James Mejeur, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Jennifer Haverty, National Aviary

Anne Heitman, Sedgwick County Zoo

Billy Cochran, Denver Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

Katherine Allen, Lowry Park

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due June 1, 2019, 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, Management, and Welfare Sciences Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Rebecca Synder, Bear TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Scott Tidmus, Raptor 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.


Bongo (International)
Cobra, King
Crocodile, Cuban
Curassow, Helmeted
Gibbon, White-cheeked
Guineafowl, Crested
Lechwe, Red
Merganser, Scaly-sided
Pig, Visayan Warty
Porcupine, Prehensile-tailed
Yellow-billed Stork

Breeding & Transfer Plans

Bird-of-Paradise, Raggiana
Bulbul, Collared Finch-billed
Bushbaby, Moholi
Crane, Whooping
Gecko, Mossy Leaf-tailed
Goose, Swan
Lemur, Red Ruffed
Pig, Visayan Warty
Sloth, Hoffman’s Two-toed
Stingray, Bigtooth River
Stingray, Tiger River
Rattlesnake, Mexican Lance-headed
Toad, Houston
Tortoise, Burmese Black
Tree Shrew, Northern
Warthog, Common

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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