Collection Planning

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Collection Planning

AZA-accredited institutions and AZA Animal Programs engage in extensive planning processes to address the needs of the individual institutions and the taxa in their care. Collection plans are developed for the taxa within each institution and for those across institutions following the AZA Acquisition, Transfer and Transition Policy. AZA provides several tools and mechanisms to facilitate superior institutional collection planning including an online Animal Exchange Database and plan templates. In addition, Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) ensure that individuals, within each species cared for in AZA accredited institutions, are included in a regional collection plan to secure the well-being of the species as a whole.

Institutional Collection Plan

Institutional Collection Plans (ICPs), developed by each AZA-accredited institution, evaluate the need for the types of species to be cared for and justify the institution’s ability to manage specific population sizes for those species. Read more about Institutional Collection Plans.

Regional Collection Plans

Regional Collection Plans (RCPs), developed by each TAG, describe a list of species recommended for management, define the management level at which those species should be maintained, provide detailed explanations for how those recommendations were developed, and evaluate of how much space is dedicated for each recommended species. Read more about Regional Collection Plans.

Animal Exchange Database

The Animal Exchange Database allows representatives from AZA-accredited institutions, Certified Related Facilities and Approved Non-Member Participants to list and search for individuals of a species that can be exchanged to meet the goals of their ICP or the RCP.