Animal Programs Update - August

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Introducing AZA’s new Program Assistant for Animal Programs!

AZA has hired a new Program Assistant for Animal Programs! Felicia Spector will be taking on the day-to-day aspects of AZA Animal Program administration including maintaining and updating the Animal Programs database (e.g., posting documents, compiling Animal Program data, updating designations), supporting and assisting AZA Program Leaders, ILs, IRs, other program participants, managing Animal Exchange, and maintaining day to day member services. Please feel free to email her and introduce yourself.

Rebecca Greenberg is now the AZA Conservation and Science Coordinator and will be assuming a larger role with several AZA Board-level committees to advance conservation priorities for AZA SAFE and our Animal Programs. She will still be available if you have any questions or concerns. We are very excited for these new transitions! 

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 Wildlife Contraception Center now called the AZA Reproductive Management Center! 

The AZA Wildlife Contraception Center (WCC) is now called the AZA Reproductive Management Center (RMC). Over the years, the WCC’s focus has expanded beyond contraception to include other areas of reproductive science that are affecting the long-term sustainability of SSP populations including studies of infertility, mate choice, pathology/animal health, and long-term reproductive management strategies. To recognize the Center’s expanding role in SSP sustainability and reproductive management, the AZA Board of Directors has approved a change in the scope and name of the WCC to be the AZA Reproductive Management Center (RMC). Please contact Cheri Asa or Candice Dorsey if you have any questions.

AZA SAFE Cheetah Meeting

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction is sponsoring and helping to organize a cheetah field conservation workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa that will take place the second week of August. This meeting will accomplish two goals: to gather the information necessary to develop a three-year AZA SAFE Conservation Action Plan for cheetah and to allow an opportunity for a progress assessment and update of the Southern Region Strategy of the Rangewide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs (RWCP). Attendees will include AZA SAFE and RWCP staff, the Chair of the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, Program Leaders from the Felid TAG and Cheetah SSP, the Chair of the Field Conservation Committee and the Executive Director of PAAZA, as well as representatives from 8 national governments and close to 20 conservation NGOs.

Progress Update for New AZA SAFE Species

Six new SAFE species were selected in May of this year and we have organized introductory calls with AZA Animal Program Leaders, IUCN SSC Specialist Group Chair(s) and the IUCN SSC Director of Specialist Group Partnerships five of the six species. The purpose of these calls was to connect these key individuals, who will be integral to our efforts for SAFE, and initiate high-level information gathering and discussions about the potential role of SAFE in current conservation efforts. These calls have been very successful and there is clearly a lot of enthusiasm among participants. We have identified next steps to keep the discussion going and maintain momentum for each species. 

AZA Professional Development

Don’t Miss Out on the Discount!

Early Bird registration ends August 24th for Principles of Program Animal Management and Creating Successful Exhibits, offered November 16-21, 2016 in Saint Louis.


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

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

Harrison Edell, Dallas Zoo 

New Program Leaders

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Tim Snyder, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo

SSP Coordinator

Joe Knobbe, Saint Louis Zoo

Patrick Murphy, Tulsa Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

Curt Coleman, the Wilds

Richard Rosevear, Lehigh Valley Zoo

Darrell Markum, Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

Denise Ibarra, Abilene Zoological Gardens 

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due September 1, 2015, 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 Fred Beall, Gruiformes TAG Chair.

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

Bluebird, Fairy
Crane, Sarus
Dikkop, Spotted
Dove, Jambu Fruit
Magpie, Red-billed Blue
Monkey, Common Squirrel
Pigeon, Green-naped Pheasant
Pronghorn, Peninsular
Rhinoceros, Greater One-horned
Saki, White-faced
Screamer, Crested
Springbok, South African
Waterbuck, Common 

Animal Care Manuals

Japanese Spider Crab






Bustard, Buff-crested (International)
Cacique, Yellow-rumped
Crane, Sarus
Dragon, Komodo
Ibis, Waldrapp
Motmot, Blue-crowned
Owl, Burrowing
Spoonbill, African
Starling, Emerald
Turtle, Western Pond
Wolf, Red (International)





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.