Behavior Scientific Advisory Group

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Behavior Scientific Advisory Group

The mission of the Behavior Scientific Advisory Group (BAG) is to develop cooperative relationships between AZA, its Animal Programs, its accredited institutions, and the scientific community, provide technical advice to meet the husbandry, social, and behavioral needs of animals cared for by AZA-accredited institutions, and promote opportunities to gain an understanding of their sensory, cognitive, and physiological abilities which can be applied to conservation strategies.

The BSAG advises the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee, Conservation Department and Animal Program Leaders on issues related to behavioral ecology. It is overseen by the Animal Welfare Committee.


BAG is administered by a Steering Committee composed of three Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary), all of whom are elected from the general BAG membership. The primary functions of the BAG are to:

  • Provide behavioral advice/input to the various AZA Animal Programs.
  • Develop guidelines and programs to enhance animal care.
  • Guide and increase awareness of the value of behavioral research.
  • Provide information and guidance to enhance behavioral monitoring and record keeping techniques.
  • Provide expertise in animal training and provide assistance to training programs as requested.
  • Assist with the development of focused behavioral research projects.

Interested in Becoming a BAG Member?
If you are interested in becoming involved with or obtaining more information about BAG, please contact Erika Bauer, Chair.