Animal Programs Monthly Update: October 2016

October 2016

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Did you know that you can use PMCTrack to prepare for your upcoming PMC planning meeting? See your planning progress and upcoming steps in the planning process on the Program Leader Dashboard. Send automated surveys to your IRs to collect institutional wants/needs and reasons why previous recommendations didn’t occur.  Let PMCTrack “nudge” your IRs for survey reminders, and monitor survey responses using the reports generated by PMCTrack – spend your time understanding rather than organizing survey responses!

AZA WCMC Members

AZA would like to give a warm welcome to the new Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC) members: David Powell of Saint Louis Zoo, Pat Burchfield of Gladys Porter Zoo, and Jeff Sailer of Toledo Zoological Gardens.

AZA would also like to give a huge thank you to Bob Wiese of San Diego Zoo Global (former Chair), Bruce Bohmke of Woodland Park Zoo (former Vice Chair for TAGs), Joe Barkowski of Tulsa Zoo (former Vice Chair for SSPs and Studbooks), Lewis Greene, and Jeff Holland for their years of service on the WCMC. Thank you Bob, Bruce, Joe, Lewis, and Jeff, for all that you have done for AZA’s Animal Programs!

For the new list of TAG WCMC Liaisons and Vice Chairs, visit the AZA website.

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

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program collaborated with NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center to develop Storied Seafood: Vaquita Conservation that highlights fishermen who are working to test and develop non-entangling fishing gear. Storied Seafood tells the story of the vaquita through the lens of a group of innovative fishermen from the northern Gulf of California, Mexico. These fishermen are working with global fishing experts, government and nongovernment organizations to develop and test non-entangling fishing gear. The new gear is expected to reduce fishery impacts on the critically endangered vaquita as well as other protected species in the region. Storied Seafood will also highlight various perspectives and efforts throughout the seafood supply chain to address specific ocean conservation issues associated with seafood. It will provide a platform from which to discuss, develop, and inform the public about collaborative solutions for healthy people and ocean ecosystems.

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.

AZA Announces 2016 CGF Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) award winners! Thirteen projects around the world and within AZA facilities will be completed, thanks to AZA’s member-supported CGF. See the list of CGF award winners.  

2015 Annual Report on Conservation & Science and Highlights Available

With response rates ranging from 50% (green practices) to over 90% (field conservation), this year’s publications are particularly inspiring! The 2015 Annual Report on Conservation and Science and the education programs, field conservation projects, research initiatives, and green practices conducted by AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and certified related facilities in 2015. The Report showcases the efforts of each member and complements Highlights, which looks at the AZA community’s activities as a whole and features quotes from 2015 AZA Award winners.

Amphibian Conservation Report Available

The 2015 Amphibian Conservation - Highlights and Accomplishments report is now available. This report draws from submissions made online through AZA’s annual field conservation survey, the annual research survey, and articles submitted directly to AZA. The report explains how 102 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums spent more than $4.5 million to maintain, adapt, and expand their amphibian conservation programs last year.

Professional Development

The next Amphibian Management School (AMS) will be February 27 – March 3, 2017 hosted by the Detroit Zoo. This hands-on learning experience focuses on the latest in basic husbandry techniques, exhibit design, support for regional conservation programs, and effective conservation messaging in a zoo or aquarium collection. Participants will learn not only about amphibian husbandry, but also how to connect with conservation projects, breeding program management, enrichment basics, amphibian health fundamentals, and more to improve amphibian management at their institutions and impact amphibians globally. More information, tuition information, and scholarship opportunities can be found on the AZA website. Deadline for the National Amphibian Conservation Center Professional Development Scholarship is October 15, and the early bird deadline to register for the course is November 15.

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 1, 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

Phoenix Zoo Conservation Grant Fund

The Phoenix Zoo’s Conservation & Science department’s mission is to provide ex situ support for in situ conservation. The Conservation & Science Grant program accepts proposals that demonstrate a measurable, common-sense approach to conservation and science issues, appropriate research methodologies, effective knowledge sharing and capacity building strategies, ex situ support of in situ conservation and active involvement of local communities. The Zoo’s grants are intended to provide seed money or to fund critical components of conservation programs. Grant requests must not exceed $3,000 per award. Please visit the Phoenix Zoo’s website for more information and the pre-proposal application.

New SSPs

Angela Ray, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

New Program Leaders

TAG Chair

Scott Newland, Sedgwick County Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

Nikki Hartman, National Aviary

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due November 1, 2016, 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

Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Antelope and Giraffe TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Tara Stoinski, Ape 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
  • Bear, Polar
  • Boa, Jamaican
  • Crake, Black
  • Gazelle, Slender-horned
  • Goose, Red-breasted
  • Kingfisher, Guam
  • Lemur, Blue-eyed Black
  • Mynah, Golden-crested
  • Rattlesnake, Eastern Massasauga
  • Sheep, Desert Bighorn
  • Spoonbill, African
  • Stork, Milky
  • Stork, Saddle-billed
  • Tiger, Amur
  • Bustard, Buff-crested (International)
  • Gazelle, Slender-horned (International)
  • Hyena, Spotted
  • Ibis, Hadada
  • Ibis, Waldrapp
  • Kiwi
  • Vulture, Lappet-faced
  • Weaver, White-headed Buffalo
Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)
  • Chimpanzee
  • Dog, African Painted
  • Dove, Grey-capped Emerald
  • Warthog, Common
  • Zebra, Grevy’s
  • Zebra, Plains

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.

Find a Zoo or Aquarium Donate to AZA Contact Us Member Login Search the site