Animal Programs Monthly Update: November 2017

November 2017

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

SSP Highlights is a “Member View” feature in AZA’s Connect magazine that provides an opportunity to highlight efforts SSP Programs have made to increase population sustainability in zoos and aquariums and share their successes with the AZA membership. This feature is a way for SSPs to share their creative approaches to overcoming their population challenges, such as engaging in innovative research, advancing management practices, and developing partnerships, to SSP sustainability. The template is available on the AZA website. Please submit draft SSP Highlights to the AZA Conservation, Management & Welfare Sciences Department.

Welcome to New AZA PMC Associate Population Biologists

The AZA Population Management Center (PMC) at Lincoln Park Zoo is pleased to announce two new Associate Population Biologists, Paul Senner and Nicolette Sra. Paul and Nicolette started at the PMC on October 30th and will be training and joining the planning meetings in the coming months. Please join us in welcoming them to our AZA community!

SSP Sustainability Award

The AZA has established an 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 2018 SSP Sustainability Award are due to Barbara Pueschel by December 15, 2017. More information, application, and application guidelines can be found on the AZA website.

AZA Nutrition Advisory Group Guidelines Now Available

The AZA Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG) has developed Guidelines for the Humane and Ethical Acquisition and Management of Vertebrate Feeder Animals (Excluding Fish). These guidelines have gone through an extensive review process and are now available in the Accreditation Resource Center on the AZA website.

Learn About the AZA Community’s Conservation & Science Impact in 2016

Three publications are available on the AZA website celebrating our community’s impact in 2016 on conservation and science – including your institutions’ field conservation activities, mission-focused research projects, education programs, and green business practices. The 2016 Annual Report on Conservation and Science (ARCS) provides an overview of each member facility’s engagement in these areas, while 2016 Highlights provides an overview of the cumulative activities of AZA zoos and aquariums. Additionally, 2016 Publications from the AZA Community comprises citations for publications related to the projects reported in ARCS including peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, book chapters, and graduate theses or dissertations.

AZA Accepting Proposals for New SAFE Species

AZA and its members 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 this 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.

SAFE Project Coordinator Vacancies

The following SAFE projects are still in need of project coordinators! For more information about a specific project, contact

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

Cheetah Project Coordinators

  • Carnivore positive landscapes
  • Monitoring and enforcement capacity building
  • Cheetah distribution, demographics and population connectivity

Western Pond Turtle Project Coordinators

  • Habitat mapping

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, Management & Welfare Sciences Department.

Funding and Award Opportunities

AZA Ungulate TAGs’ Annual TAG Meeting Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored and managed by the seven AZA Ungulate TAGs to provide opportunities to individuals who want to become more involved in the greater AZA community, and offset certain costs to attend the AZA 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in Jacksonville, FL. Applicants must be prepared to give a presentation relevant to one of the focused categories within the Ungulate TAGs. View the guidelines and application, and contact the Ungulate TAG Scholarship Team with any questions. The submission deadline is November 30, 2017.

Avian Scientific Advisory Group Conservation and Research Grant

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG) is offering a total of $3,500 in funding (potentially distributed among several projects) in 2018 for the ASAG Conservation and Research grant that supports avian research, field conservation, veterinary care, or husbandry projects.  Please visit the website for the application form and application instructions.   The submission deadline is December 1, 2017. 

Mary Healy Grant for AZA Avian Leadership Development

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG) is pleased to announce that it is again offering leadership grants for non-management staff to attend the ASAG meetings in March 2018 to present papers on advancements in the care, welfare, reproduction, or conservation of avian species.  The Mary Healy Grant for AZA Avian Leadership Development is named in honor of Mary Healy, who for her entire career encouraged, supported and mentored members of the AZA bird community.  View the guidelines and application, and contact Tom Schneider with any questions. The submission deadline is December 29, 2017. 

New SSPs

Luis Sigler, The Dallas World Aquarium

Jonathan Rolfs, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Katie Kunkel, Louisville Zoological Garden

Studbook Keeper

Elizabeth Hann, Adventure Aquarium

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due December 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

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

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

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Harrison Edell, Ciconiiformes/Phoenicopteriformes TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Martin Ramirez, Wild Pig, Peccary, and Hippo 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

Aye Aye
Crocodile, Cuban
Duiker, Yellow-backed
Ferret, Black-footed
Flamingo, Chilean
Ibis, Madagascar Crested
Langur, Silvered Leaf
Panda, Red
Pigeon, Nicobar
Snail, Partula
Tiger, Amur
Turaco, Red-crested
Urial, Trans Caspian


Bat, Straw-colored Fruit
Crocodile, Orinoco
Dove, Luzon Bleeding Heart
Duck, White-winged Wood
Frog, Panamanian Golden (Marta)
Galliwasp, Haitian Giant
Gazelle, Addra
Ibis, Hadada
Macaque, Japanese
Mongoose, Dwarf
Otter, North American River
Rattlesnake, Eastern Massasauga
Takin, Sichuan
Tortoise, Brown Forest
Tortoise, Burmese Black
Turtle, Black-breasted Leaf

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 by the 25th of the prior month.


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