Animal Programs Monthly Update: November 2016

November 2016

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Attention all Program Leaders! The SSP Sustainability Reports are a great way to get institutions interested in and informed about your species. Download your SSP Sustainability Report(s) today and send them along to your IRs or potential IRs! Remember, you can make changes any time to these reports by emailing the AZA Conservation & Science Department.

SSP Sustainability Award

The AZA has established a new award to recognize and celebrate the successes of Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Programs. The AZA SSP Sustainability Award will recognize initiatives that have a quantifiable impact on the long-term sustainability of an SSP’s managed population. Animal Program Leaders (i.e., TAG Chairs, SSP Coordinators, Studbook Keepers, and Scientific Advisory Group Chairs) may submit an application for this award that demonstrates how their significant and innovative efforts have resulted in a significant increase in an SSP population’s sustainability. Applications for the 2017 SSP Sustainability Award are due to Barbara Pueschel by February 3, 2017. More information, application, and application guidelines can be found on the AZA website.

AZA SAFE Updates

We are pleased to announce that Loveland Living Planet Aquarium was added as a Project Collaborator for the Vaquita Public Engagement Project. Additionally, both the Shark Trust and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium have signed on as Project Collaborators for the Shark and Ray Public Engagement project. We look forward to working with these organizations.

An AZA SAFE Project Coordinators webinar was held on October 10, which was attended by Project Coordinators from all projects across all SAFE Signature Species. The roles and responsibilities of the Project Coordinator position were covered, as well as processes such as reporting. A recording of the webinar can be found online.

Join a Conservation Conversation for AZA Animal Programs

AZA is supporting a year-long “conservation conversation” to facilitate learning and networking among AZA Animal Programs involved – or wanting to become involved – in field conservation. Participants in AZA Animal Programs will discuss how their field conservation program was developed and maintained, adapted, or wound down over time. If you work at an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium or certified related facility, you can join the “Animal Programs Conservation Conversation” community on the AZA Network. Already available is a presentation given by Rebecca Greenberg at AZA’s Annual Conference identifying those Animal Programs engaged in conservation and research in 2015, based on this year’s TAG Annual Reports and submissions made by individual zoos and aquariums for the annual field conservation and mission-focused research surveys. Visit the AZA website to get started.

ASAG Plume Awards

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG) has created an award program to identify and reward significant achievement in Avian Husbandry.  The recipients of these awards are leaders in our field and committed to furthering avian conservation. There are two awards per year:

  • Plume #1:  Long-term Propagation Program
  • Plume #2:  Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry
  • Plume #3: Significant Contribution to Zoo Aviculture

Download this document for more details and the submission forms. Deadline for submission is November 15, and submissions should be sent to Steve Sarro.

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

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders is pleased to offer three grants to support salamander research, conservation and education initiatives. The Foundation will be offering a $2,000 grant specific to zoo conservation. This grant will be offered to support initiatives by zoos/aquariums or their employees or efforts made on zoo grounds. This grant is offered in recognition of the monumental support provided to FCSal by zoos and AAZK chapters since their beginnings as Chopsticks for Salamanders.

The Foundation is also offering the Dan M. DiGiacomo grant for research, education or conservation efforts in the amount of $5,000 and an additional grant of $1,000 to support Texas salamander research.

Applications can be found on the Foundation's website and questions may be sent to grants@fcsal.org.

New Program Leaders

TAG Chair

FRESHWATER FISHES
George Brandy, Houston Zoo, Inc.

GRUIFORMES
Mike Taylor, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

RHINOCEROS
Adam Eyres, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

DOVE, BLACK-NAPED FRUIT
Sarah Brookes, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

DOVE, LUZON’S BLEEDING HEART
Carol Hunsperger, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

KINGFISHER, GUAM
Scott Newland, Sedgwick County Zoo

LEOPARD, CLOUDED
Jilian Fazio, Smithsonian National Zoological Park

PITTA, HOODED
Megan Dunn, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

SQUIRREL, PREVOST’S
Ashton Ball, Smithsonian National Zoological Park

SSP Coordinator

FERRET, BLACK-FOOTED
Guy Graves, Louisville Zoological Garden

GIBBON (LAR, WHITE-CHEEKED, and SIAMANG)
Beth Richards, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

ORYX, SCIMITAR-HORNED
Roxanna Breitigan, The Living Desert

Candidate Program Leader

HWAMEI, CHINESE
Tracey Mumby, San Diego Zoo

JAY, GREEN
Hannah Bailey, Houston Zoo, Inc.

STARLING, SUPERB
Wrylie Guffey, Topeka Zoo

THRUSH, CHESTNUT-BACKED
Amy Burgess, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

WHITE-EYE, GOLDEN
Scott Newland, Sedgwick County Zoo

WHITE-EYE, SAIPAN
Scott Newland, Sedgwick County Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due December 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

MYNAH, GOLDEN-CRESTED
Please send application materials to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

CHIMPANZEE
Please send application materials to Tara Stoinski, Ape TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

DOG, AFRICAN PAINTED
Please send application materials to Mike Quick, African Painted Dog SSP Coordinator.

HORSE, ASIAN WILD
Please send application materials to Tim Thier, Equid TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

TURTLE, BEAL’S-EYED
Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.

TURTLE, BLANDING’S
Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.

TURTLE, CAGLE’S MAP
Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian TAG Chair.

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

TURTLE, PEARL RIVER MAP
Please send application materials to Michael Ogle, Chelonian 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

Cockatoo, Palm
Deer, Pere David’s

Dove, Mariana Fruit
Dove, White-throated Ground
Duck, White-winged Wood
Ferret, Black-footed
Gecko, Mossy Leaf-tailed
Hippopotamus, River
Hornbill, Great
Kingfisher, Guam
Lapwing, Spur-winged
Leopard, Snow
Lion
Oropendola, Crested
Panda, Red
Penguin, Humboldt
Spoonbill, Roseate
Steenbok
Wolf, Mexican Gray

Regional Collection Plans

Equid

Studbooks

Crane, Blue
Lapwing, Masked
Monkey, Bolivian Gray Titi
Monkey, Howler (International)
Toucan, Keel-billed

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)

Dove, Beautiful Fruit
Dove, Luzon Bleeding Heart
Gibbon, White-cheeked
Pigeon, Western (Blue) Crowned

Animal Care Manuals

Lion – translated into Spanish
Tiger

 

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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