Animal Programs Update - November

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AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

AZA’s Small Population Management Advisory Group (SPMAG) has designated a SPMAG Liaison to each TAG for population management-related questions. The SPMAG TAG Chair Liaison is a Population Management Center (PMC) or PMC Adjunct Population Biologist and member of SPMAG who will act as the first line of contact and communication for AZA TAG Chairs on population biology related topics. Please visit the Program Leader Portal to download the contact information for your SPMAG Liaison.

Animal Care Manual Now Translated into Spanish!

The Tapir Care Manual is now available in Spanish. A big thank you to Frank Camacho and the Tapir TAG for all of their hard work!

AZA Professional Development

Visit AZA's Professional Development page for a full listing of AZA Professional Development courses.

Miami University Earth Expedition Courses

Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2016 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 15 countries throughout the world. New in 2016 are courses in Galápagos and Paraguay.
Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. 

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 Department for posting on the website.

AZA Avian Scientific Advisory Group's Mary Healy Grant

The Avian Scientific Advisory Group is pleased to announce that it is again offering leadership grants for non-management staff to attend the ASAG meetings in March to present papers on advancements in the care, welfare, reproduction, or conservation of avian species. Please see the Mary Healy Grant Program Guidelines for more information. Click here for the grant application materials. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015. 

New SSPs

Joshua Tarnowski, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New Program Leaders

TAG Chair

Michelle Hatwood, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species

SSP Coordinator

Liane Berlepsch, SeaWorld

Lindsay Ireland, Detroit Zoo

Studbook Keeper

Diana Major, SeaWorld San Diego

Jennie Becker, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due December 1, 2015, 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 and Studbook Keeper 

Please send application materials to John Gramieri, Pangolin, Aardvark, Xenarthra TAG Chair. 

Please send application materials to Keith Lovett, Anseriformes TAG Chair. 

SSP Coordinator

Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Elephant TAG Chair. 

Studbook Keeper

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

Please send application materials to Christie Eddie, Prosimian TAG Chair. 

Please send application materials to Chad Peeling, Snake TAG Chair. 

Candidate Program Leader

Please send application materials to Chris Holmes, Galliformes 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 Program Database.


Breeding & Transfer  Plans

Argus, Great
Barbet, Red and Yellow
Coatimundi, White-Nosed
Condor, Andean
Deer, Western Tufted
Dove, Grey-Capped Emerald
Dove, Luzon Bleeding Heart
Ferret, Black-Footed
Fox, Fennec
Gharial, Sunda
Hornbill, Southern Ground
Ibis, Waldrapp
Kudu, Greater
Lemur, Collared
Lemur, Mongoose
Markhor, Turkmenian
Panda, Red
Peafowl, Congo
Penguin, Chinstrap
Penguin, Humboldt
Pheasant, Palawan Peacock
Rattlesnake, Eastern Massasauga
Rhinoceros, Southern White
Seahorse, Lined
Sloth, Hoffman's Two-Toed
Tanager, Silver-Beaked
Tiger, Sumatran
Turaco, Violaceous
Turtle, Coahuilan Box
Wallaby, Bennett's
Wallaroo, Common
Wolf, Mexican Gray
Woodhoopoe, Green 

Animal Care Manuals

Tapir Care Manual - Spanish





Antelope, Roan
Bat, Egyptian Fruit
Goose, African Pygmy
Goose, Indian Pygmy
Ibis, Hadada
Nyala, Lowland
Otter, Spotted-Necked
Stork, European White
Turaco, Lady Ross'
Turaco, Violaceous 


Population Viability Analyses (PVAs) 

Colobus, Angolan
Guenon, Wolf's
Monkey, Schmidt's Red-Tailed




Regional Collection Plans

Piciformes TAG

Terrestrial Invertebrates TAG




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