Animal Programs Monthly Update: October 2018

October 2018

AZA Animal Programs Tip-of-the-Month

The September 2018 Sustainability Designations list for AZA Animal Programs is now available! Please visit the Animal Programs Resources section of the AZA website to download the full listing.

AZA WCMC Members

AZA would like to give a warm welcome to the new Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC) members: Chris Dold of SeaWorld Orlando, Dan Beetem of the Wilds, Hollie Colahan of Denver Zoo, Joe Barkowski of Tulsa Zoo, and Michael Ogle of Zoo Knoxville.

AZA would also like to give a huge thank you to Clyde Peeling of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, Larry Killmar of ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Larry Sorel of Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, Ron Surratt of Fort Worth Zoo, and Mike Terrell of The Florida Aquarium for their years of service on the WCMC. Thank you Clyde, Larry, Larry, Ron, and Mike for all that you have done for AZA’s Animal Programs! A special thank you to former WCMC Chair Larry Killmar, and to new Chair Stacey Johnson of San Diego Zoo, for their service in this important role.

AZA PMC Welcomes Two New Population Biologists!

San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) and the AZA Population Management Center (PMC) at Lincoln Park Zoo are pleased to announce the hiring of two new AZA Population Biologists, Asako Navarro and Hayley Nuetzel. Although Asako and Hayley are joining the population biology team in San Diego, they will be serving the full AZA community through coordination with the PMC. Welcome, Asako and Hayley!

AZA Calendar

Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recs

This advanced course, offered by the AZA Professional Development Program, is designed for SSP Coordinators, TAG Chairs, and other experienced Animal Program Leaders. Join us this November 5-10 in St. Louis, MO, and learn about:

  • The science behind breeding and transfer recommendations.
  • Using population management software and available data to conduct analyses that describe a population's past history and project its future course.
  • Setting attainable goals for a population in relation to target population size, growth rate, generation length, gene diversity retained, etc.
  • How to formulate animal-by-animal recommendations as a critical aspect of management plan development.

To learn more or to register, please visit the PMII course page.

Amphibian Management School

On February 18-22, 2019, the Amphibian TAG will be hosting an Amphibian Management Course at Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center. 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 about not only 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. For more information, or to register before the November 15 early bird deadline, please visit the course page.

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

AZA Ungulate TAGs' Annual TAG Meeting Scholarship

The AZA Ungulate TAGs offer an annual scholarship of $750 to assist an enthusiastic individual in attending the Ungulate TAG Meetings and presenting a topic of their choice. The 2019 Ungulate TAG meetings will be held at the 2019 AZA Midyear Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Scholarship applications are due November 30, 2018. For more information, please visit the scholarship page, or contact the AZA Ungulate TAGs with questions.

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 for posting on the website.

New SSPs


Program Leaders

TAG Chair

Steve Metzler, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Michele Green, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Yaraila Rodriguez, White Oak Conservation Center

Charlie Tucker, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Jessica Martinho, Buttonwood Park Zoo

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due November 1, 2018, 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 Steve Metzler, Antelope and Giraffe TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Steve Metzler, Antelope and Giraffe TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Tom Schneider, Penguin TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

Please send application materials to Adam Eyres, Rhinoceros TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

Please send applications to Chris Hamlin, Marsupial and Monotreme TAG Chair.

Please send applications to Beth Firchau, Marine Fishes TAG Chair.

Please send applications to Beth Firchau, Marine Fishes TAG Chair.

*In addition to the AZA documents normally required for the application, the MFTAG would like to request the following additional supplementary materials:

  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation from AZA members.
  2. One (1) letter of support from a current Program Leader, Studbook Keeper, or member of TAG leadership with whom the candidate has discussed this opportunity and will be able to use as a mentor moving forward.
  3. A statement of why the candidate wishes to contribute to AZA as a leader for this species.

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

Condor, Andean
Fox, Swift
Gecko, Henkel’s Leaf-tailed
Kangaroo, Red
Monkey, Common Squirrel
Pelican, Pink-Backed
Puffin, Tufted


Honeyeater, Blue-Faced
Ibis, Waldrapp
Kookaburra, Laughing
Lemur, Black and White Ruffed (International)
Lemur, Red Ruffed (International)
Magpie, Azure-Winged
Penguin, Gentoo
Puffin, Tufted
Spoonbill, African
Swan, Trumpeter

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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