Animal Programs Update - February

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AZA Animal Programs: Tip-of-the-Month

PMCTrack can provide recommendation outcomes for your SSP – it automatically compares recommendations from past breeding & transfer plans to your studbook to assess whether the recommendations occurred as requested.  All of this happens with no extra work on your part! Email PMCTrack for more information.

New Online Training Module

Institutional Representatives (IRs) can now watch the online training module titled PMCTrack for IRs to understand how to navigate PMCTrack, complete Wants/Needs and Outcomes Surveys, and keep up with PMC planning meetings. 

Graduate/Professional Training - Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), is offering a full schedule of unique, intensive residential training courses. Most courses can be taken either for graduate credit or continuing education units. Limited scholarships are available for international applicants and new reduced fees are now available to applicants from less-developed nations. Visit the website or email for more details about each course, course costs, and credits earned.

AniMove: Animal Movement Analysis for Conservation
April 13-24, 2015

Animal movements are critical for maintaining ecosystems services and biodiversity.  Technological advances have greatly increased our ability to track animal movements, but analyzing and contextualizing vast amounts of tracking data can present scientific, computational, and technical challenges. This two-week course focuses on interdisciplinary approaches linking animal movement with environmental factors to address theoretical and applied questions in conservation biology. To achieve this, participants will acquire significant skills in computational ecology, modeling, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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.

Amphibian TAG Grant for Amphibian Conservation

The ATAG awards up to $2,000 per grant cycle for projects that focus on amphibian conservation. This can include field work, captive propagation and educational initiatives. The ATAG assigns priority to projects which focus on the conservation of species within the scope of the ATAG Regional Collection Plan (RCP). The RCP identifies threatened New World amphibians as the highest priority. Since 2006, the ATAG has awarded over $20,000 in grant funds. Deadline for submissions are March 15, 2015. Grant applications and supporting documents should be submitted to Diane Barber using the grant form as a single PDF document. Submissions that are late, do not follow format, instructions, etc. will not be considered.

AZA's Conservation Grants Fund (CGF)

AZA’s CGF is now accepting proposals for the 2015 grant cycle. CGF supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA members and their collaborators. Proposals are due March 16, 2015 and all application materials can be found online. CGF awards are announced in early September and awarded funds will become available October 1, 2015. AZA invites and encourages submission from any AZA member. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shelly Grow.

Cryptobranchid Interest Group (CIG) Grants

The CIG will consider proposals for two separate grants for amounts up to $1,000 each. Each applicant will automatically be considered for both grants when submitting this single application. The Ron Goellner Conservation Fund awards up to $1,000 to projects related to all Cryptobranchids (Giant Chinese and Japanese salamanders, as well as hellbenders). The Jennifer Elwood Hellbender Conservation Grant awards up to $1,000 to projects related only to hellbenders. These CIG grants were initiated to support projects that uphold conservation priorities for giant aquatic salamanders. The CIG grant committee prefers projects that are broad in scope and over-all impact for the taxa in general and will select applications for funding based on the following: Broadness of application for conservation of giant salamanders; Field conservation of species and their habitats or mitigation of threats; Innovative education initiatives to benefit species at risk and their habitats; Research that has direct application to the health or recovery of species at risk; Partnerships and permits are approved and demonstrated. Complete the application and email completed application and supporting documents in a single PDF document by March 31, 2015 to Diane Barber.

New SSPs

Craig Mikel, Louisville Zoological Gardens

New Program Leaders

TAG Chair

Beth Firchau, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

SSP Coordinator and Studbook Keeper

Gaylene Thomas, San Diego Zoo

Melissa McCaffree, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Michael Murray, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Melissa McCaffree, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Malu Celli, Calgary Zoo

Stephanie McIntosh, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

Kim Szawan, Woodland Park Zoo

Candidate Program Leader

James Lotz, San Antonio Zoological Society

New Program Leader Vacancies

Find applications and instructions regarding vacancies in the Animal Program Handbooks.  Applications are due March  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 Martha Fischer, Antelope and Giraffe TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Antelope and Giraffe TAG Chair.

AZA Regional Studbook Keeper

BONGO, EASTERN (International SB still managed by Lydia Bosley)
Please send application materials to Martha Fischer, Antelope and Giraffe TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Tara Stoinski, Ape TAG Chair.

Candidate Program Leader

Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid TAG Chair.

Please send application materials to Lisa Smith, Wild Cattle and Camelid 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

Crane, Blue (Stanley)
Duiker, Blue
Gecko, Mossy Leaf-tailed
Goral, Chinese
Lemur, Black and White Ruffed
Lemur, Red Ruffed
Lemur, Ring-tailed
Skink, Prehensile-tailed
Stork, Yellow-billed
Tanager, Turquoise
Toad, Wyoming
Turtle, Flowerback Box

Global Species Management Plans (GSMPs) 

Laughingthrush, Blue-crowned


Kudu, Greater
Porcupine, Prehensile-tailed
Teal, Marbled
Tree Kangaroo, Matschie’s

Population Viability Analyses (PVAs) 

Crane, Blue (Stanley)
Crane, Red Crowned
Crane, Sarus






Colobus, Guereza
Crane, Black Crowned
Curassow, Bllue-billed
Frog, Golden Harlequin
Frog, Panamanian Golden (Ahogado)
Frog, Panamanian Golden (Sora)
Gazelle, Soemmerring's
Gibbon, Lar (White-handed)
Hornbill, Trumpeter
Hornbill, Wrinkled
Kudu, Greater
Lemur, Ring-tailed
Monkey, Common Squirrel
Monkey, Southern Black Howler (International)
Pig, Visayan Warty
Porcupine, Prehensile-tailed
Rhinoceros, Southern White
Spoonbill, Roseate
Squirrel, Prevost’s
Teal, Madagascar
Tern, Inca
Toad, Wyoming
Tragopan, Cabot’s
Turtle, Black-breasted Leaf
Vulture, Cape
Vulture, King
Vulture, White-backed





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