Animal Programs Update - July

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AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

Login to PMCTrack and use the PMC Program Management History Report to view the history of your program’s interactions with the AZA’s Population Management Center (PMC). Monitor program activity such as when your program has previously produced an SSP Breeding and Transfer Plan, Studbook, and more. For more information, email the PMCTrack help desk.

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction

In March 2015, AZA SAFE sponsored a 2-day field training session for all attendees of a Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs workshop held in Chad, Central Africa to develop a National Action Plan for cheetah conservation. This session provided vitally important field survey method training (including track and scat identification and camera trapping) for all workshop participants, many of which had little or no experience working with cheetah in the field. This capacity-building exercise has significantly increased the number of individuals trained in cheetah conservation field techniques that will be directly involved in implementing the National Action Plan. 

AZA Professional Development

Attend your next professional training for free! Apply for a Professional Training Course Scholarship to attend an AZA course this fall or spring. Applications are due July 17th. Learn more and apply by visiting the AZA website.


Early bird registration ends soon for AZA’s fall courses. Don’t miss the $100 registration discount on these great professional development opportunities!

Animal Training in Zoo & Aquarium Settings Hosted by Disney’s Animal Kingdom - October 4-9, 2015.
Learn more and register today on the website. Early bird pricing ends July 12th.

Managing Animal Enrichment & Training Programs Hosted by the Houston Zoo - October 25-30, 2015.
Learn more and register today on the website. Early bird pricing ends August 2nd.

Creating Successful Exhibits Hosted by the Crowne Plaza Clayton (St. Louis) - November 16-21, 2015.
Learn more and register today on the website. Early bird pricing ends August 24th.

Principles of Program Animal Management Hosted by the Crowne Plaza Clayton (St. Louis) - November 16-21, 2015.
Learn more and register today on the website. Early bird pricing ends August 24th.

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.

Cheetah SSP Grant Opportunity 2015

The Cheetah SSP, in cooperation with the Cheetah Sustainability Program, is pleased to announce an offering of grant funds for 2015. Fifty-one percent of funds generated through the Cheetah Sustainability Program are designated for in situ conservation and/or ex situ research, and these funds are now available through a peer-reviewed grant application process. Individual projects that will be considered will be one year in length. Grants will be awarded for projects up to $10,000 (the average award will be $3,000-5,000). The application due date is no later than August 14, 2015 with all required materials submitted electronically in one email message to C2S2 Coordinator, Kristen Culp.

The Cheetah SSP and the Cheetah Sustainability Program are excited to offer this grant opportunity and encourage you and your colleagues to apply. Visit the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2) website for more information and to apply. 

New SSPs

Lindsay North, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Rosaria Di Meglio, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New Program Leaders

TAG Chair

Jessi Krebs, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Avishai Shuter, Bronx Zoo 

Studbook Keeper

Stephen Nelson, Knoxville Zoological Gardens

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due August 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 Tom Schneider, Penguin TAG Chair.

Studbook Keeper

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

Candidate Program Leader

This program is in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and qualified applicants must meet certain criteria associated with this program. Please contact Fred Beall, Gruiformes TAG Chair, for more information and to apply.

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

Bear, Sloth
Bushbaby, Moholi
Fox, Swift
Frog, Panamanian Golden (Ahogado)
Galago, Northern Greater
Porcupine, Crested

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs)

Cat, Pallas’
Dragon, Komodo
Ibex, Nubian
Mangabey, Black
Markhor, Turkmenian
Sheep, Desert Bighorn
Skink, Prehensile-tailed






Armadillo, Screaming
Bluebird, Fairy
Cat, Black-footed
Deer, Red Brocket
Dove, Bartlett’s Bleeding Heart
Fox, Swift
Hyrax, Rock
Kangaroo, Eastern Gray
Lemur, Blue-eyed Black (International)
Macaque, Japanese
Pigeon, Nicobar
Sheep, Desert Bighorn
Starling, Violet (Amethyst)
Tinamou, Elegant Crested
Tortoise, Madagascar Flat-tailed
Tortoise, Madagascar Spider





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.