Animal Programs Update - May

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ANIMAL PROGRAMS MONTHLY REPORT




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AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Did you know that if your Animal Program’s Institutional Representative (IR) list is not up-to-date, you should contact the Institutional Liaison (IL) to request that they update their IRs? Check the Program Leader Portal for instructions on how to find your program’s IR list and a list of all ILs.

AZA SAFE Updates

AZA SAFE African Penguin Artificial Nest Development Project Update

The AZA SAFE African Penguin Artificial Nest Development Project Coordinator (Kevin Graham, Dallas Zoo) and Patty McGill (Dallas Zoo and the AZA SAFE Project Implementation Task Force Chair) attended a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa on March 31. This event, sponsored in part by the Dallas Zoo, included individuals from various government agencies and NGOs who have expertise in the development, use and effectiveness of artificial nests for African penguins. Relevant information was presented and discussed, and next steps for this exciting initiative were agreed upon. Kevin identified the appropriate in-country collaborators to work with moving forward and has already begun to assist with communication, information sharing and analysis related to this project.

Unite For Literacy Partnership: eBooks Available Now

We are very excited to announce the release of a collection of engaging picture books each featuring one of the 10 SAFE Signature Species. We partnered with Unite for Literacy, a publishing company focused on providing free children’s books to families around the world. Many individuals and organizations also helped us write and image the books. Please feel free to share them with everyone you know that has young children. You can find them all online. If you are interested in “embedding” the SAFE digital bookshelf on your zoo or aquarium’s website, please contact Rob Vernon for the embed code.

SSP Sustainability Reports and Search Portal

Attention SSP Coordinators! The SSP Sustainability Reports and Search Portal will be available THIS MONTH to all staff at AZA-accredited institutions. If you have not done so already, please review your SSP Sustainability Report and contact Lauren Wilson with any preferred changes. Thank you for your countless of hours of work on this project!

New Online Training Module

A new online training module has been developed specifically for Institutional Liaisons (ILs) utilizing PMCTrack. You can find this online training module on the AZA website.

Marine Fishes TAG Seeking Advisors

Please contact Beth Firchau, Marine Fishes TAG Chair, for more information and to obtain the 2016 MFTAG Advisor Guidelines.

Workshops, Conferences, and Meetings

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Please visit the Animal Programs Workshops, Conferences, & Meetings page to find the current list of these workshops 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

Please be sure to visit AZA's Other Conservation Funding Sources page for information about grants provided by AZA-accredited institutions as well as external sources and check out the excel sheet for detailed information on many other useful resources. Please email any other funding opportunities to AZA's Conservation and Science Department for posting on the website.

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

DOVE, JAMBU FRUIT
Alexandra Zelazo-Kessler, Virginia Zoological Park

GOOSE, ORINOCO
Nancy Nill, Palm Beach Zoo

MARMOSET, GEOFFROY'S
Sheila Wojciechowski, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

TOAD, HOUSTON
Stan Mays, Houston Zoo, Inc.

ZEBRA, HARTMANN'S MOUNTAIN
Thomas Jordan, Disney's Animal Kingdom

SSP Coordinator

OCELOT
Bill Swanson, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Studbook Keeper

FOX, FENNEC
John Clark, Saint Louis Zoo

TORTOISE, EGYPTIAN
Danielle Leopold, Oklahoma City Zoological Park

Candidate Program Leader

PHEASANT, EDWARD'S
Sarah Patterson, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

New Program Leader Vacancies

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

TAG Chair

PANGOLIN, AARDVARK, XENARTHRA (PAX)
Please send application materials to the AZA Conservation & Science Department.

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

CRANE, DEMOISELLE
Please send application materials to Fred Beall, Gruiformes TAG Chair.

SAKI, WHITE-FACED
Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, New World Primate TAG Chair.

SSP Coordinator

FERRET, BLACK-FOOTED
Please send application materials to Dusty Lombardi, Small Carnivore TAG Chair.

GIBBON (includes Lar, White-cheeked, and Siamang)
Please send application materials to Tara Stoinski, Ape TAG Chair.

GUENON, WOLF'S
Please send application materials to Joe Knobbe, Old World Monkey TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

COLOBUS, ANGOLAN
Please send application materials to Joe Knobbe, Old World Monkey TAG Chair.

DOVE, GREY-CAPPED EMERALD
Please send application materials to Chelle Plasse, Columbiformes TAG Chair.

MACAQUE, LION-TAILED
Please send application materials to Joe Knobbe, Old World Monkey TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

URIAL, TRANS CASPIAN
Please send application materials to Jeff Holland, Caprinae TAG Chair.

Please send application materials for the following new Candidate Programs to Tim Snyder, PACCT TAG Chair:

BULBUL, COLLARED-FINCH BILLED
BULBUL, WHITE-EARED
FINCH, RED-CRESTED
HWAMEI, CHINESE
JAY, GREEN
LIOCICHLA, SCARLET-FACED
THRUSH, CHESTNUT-BACKED
WHITE-EYE, GOLDEN
WHITE-EYE, SAIPAN

Please send application materials for the following new Candidate Programs to Chad Peeling, Snake TAG Chair:

ANACONDA, GREEN
COBRA, KING
PYTHON, RETICULATED
RATTLESNAKE, EASTERN DIAMONDBACK
VIPER, MANGSHAN PIT

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

Chimpanzee
Colobus, Angolan
Colobus, Guereza
Dove, Bartlett’s Bleeding Heart
Duiker, Red-flanked
Falcon, African Pygmy
Ibis, Southern Bald
Kookaburra, Laughing
Lemur, Ring-tailed
Magpie, Red-billed Blue
Monkey, Bolivian Gray Titi
Ocelot
Starling, Golden-breasted
Sunbittern
Terrapin, Painted
Turtle, McCord’s Box
Turtle, Wood

Regional Collection Plans

Bear
PACCT
Snake
Tapir
Wild Pig, Peccary, Hippo

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)

Babirusa
Hippopotamus, Pygmy
Hog, Red River
Pig, Visayan Warty

Studbooks

Armadillo, Southern Three-banded
Bear, Polar
Chicken, Attwater’s Prairie
Deer, White-lipped
Hippopotamus, Pygmy
Macaque, Lion-tailed
Mangabey, Black
Monkey, Diana
Onager, Persian
Otter, Giant
Otter, Sea
Panda, Red
Penguin, African
Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant
Seahorse, Lined
Wallaby, Yellow-footed Rock
Wolf, Red (International)

MateRx

Marmoset, Geoffroy’s
Sifaka, Coquerel’s

Want to contribute to the Update?

All announcements for the monthly Animal Programs Update should be submitted to the AZA Conservation and Science Department by the 25th of the prior month.