Animal Programs Update - October

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Welcome New WCMC Members!

AZA is pleased to welcome four new members to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee: Sheri Horiszny (Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens), Stacey Johnson (San Diego Zoo), Brandie Smith (Smithsonian National Zoological Park), and Larry Sorel (Seneca Park Zoo). We know they will be great assets to the Committee!

AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Be sure to check out the Program related contacts in the Program Leader Portal, as some changes were made. Contact information for Candidate Program Leaders is now available to download. Additionally, with welcoming the four new WCMC members, some WCMC TAG Liaisons have changed, please make sure to download the updated list.

AZA Conservation Grants Fund Award Recipients

This year’s Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) will provide awards totaling $370,269 to 18 projects. After a competitive review of 79 applications, the winning proposals are listed on the AZA website. Congratulations to all award recipients and thank you to everybody that submitted proposals or participated in the review process.

AZA Avian Scientific Advisory Group’s PLUME Awards

It is that time of year again to submit your programs for the 2015 ASAG PLUME Awards. The PLUME Awards identify and reward significant achievement in avian husbandry with three awards: Long-term Propagation Program, Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry, and Significant Contribution to Zoo Aviculture.

For more details and application materials see the flyer. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2015.

AZA Professional Development

AZA Courses

Looking to better understand and be a productive part of your institution’s exhibit design process? From graphics to fabrication, construction to completion, AZA’s Creating Successful Exhibits course provides an integrated overview of a team-based exhibit development process. Click here to learn more and register.

Here is what past participants had to say:
“I gained so much useful information and met so many great people, the experience was well worth it.”
“The instructors and students were more involved and enthusiastic about advanced learning with the material provided then I have ever encountered in any other educational environment.”

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.

New SSPs

Dustin Smith, North Carolina Zoological Park

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Jessica Conroy, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Jennifer Gainer, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Kelly Pardy, Houston Zoo   

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due November 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted. For a full list of available Program Leader positions, visit the Current Program Leader Vacancies page. 

Candidate Program Leader

Please send application materials to Michael Macek, Piciformes TAG Chair.

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

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

Please send application materials to Erin Sullivan, Terrestrial Invertebrate TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Erin Sullivan, Terrestrial Invertebrate TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Harrison Edell, Ciconiiformes/Phoenicopteriformes 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

Antelope, Roan
Bear, Andean Spectacled
Bustard, Buff-Crested
Cormorant, White-Crested
Leopard, Snow
Sheep, Desert Bighorn
Starling, Violet-Backed (Amethyst)
Stingray, Tiger River
Tiger, Amur
Tiger, Malayan
Turtle, Blacked-Breasted Leaf
Vulture, Lappet-Faced 

Regional Collection Plans







Ass, Somali Wild
Deer, Tufted
Dik-Dik, Kirk's
Dove, Grey-Capped
Gazelle, Addra
Hornbill, Southern Ground
Leopard, Amur
Magpie, Azure-Winged
Parrot, Hawk-Headed
Penguin, Chinstrap
Tanager, Turquoise
Turtle, Central American River
Turtle, Spiny
Weaver, White-Headed Buffalo 


Tiger, Amur




Want to contribute to the Update?

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