Field Conservation Committee

Field Conservation Committee Mission

The Field Conservation Committee provides assistance to all AZA institutions in order for them to engage in effective and sustained wildlife and habitat conservation.

Committee members: 

  • Seek to engage 100% of the AZA membership in field conservation, as evidenced through submissions to AZA’s annual field conservation survey.
  • Administer AZA SAFE through FCC-member liaisons working with each SAFE Species program, reviewing program proposals and conservation plans, and providing feedback to AZA’s Board of Directors.
  • Mentor AZA members as they expand, change, and/or develop their conservation programs.

Mark Penning, BVsc, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Christina Castellano, Ph.D., Utah's Hogle Zoo

IUCN Representatives
Robert Lacy, Ph.D., CPSG
Kira Mileham, Ph.D., IUCN

Ruth Allard, Phoenix Zoo
Claire Martin, Disney Conservation Fund
Tara Stoinski, Ph.D., Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Board Liaison
Peggy Sloan, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

AZA Staff Liaison
Shelly Grow

Richard Bergl, Ph.D., North Carolina Zoo
Tim Brown, Tracy Aviary
Paul Calle, V.M.D., Bronx Zoo
Kevin Drees, Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Jeff Ettling, Ph.D., Sedgwick County Zoo
Lisa Faust, Ph.D., Lincoln Park Zoo
Dino Ferri, Central Florida Zoo
Tara Harris, Ph.D., Minnesota Zoo
Charles Knapp, Ph.D., John G. Shedd Aquarium
Gregory Koch, Ph.D.
Rachel Metz, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Jody Palmer, Brevard Zoo
Graeme Patterson, Denver Zoo
Will Pitt, Ph.D., Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Peter Riger, Houston Zoo
Tracy Romano, Ph.D., Mystic Aquarium
Estelle Sandhaus, Ph.D., Santa Barbara Zoo
Matt Seguin, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Tom Stalf, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Roger Sweeney, Virginia Zoo
Tim Tetzlaff, Naples Zoo
Anna Young, Ph.D., Otterbein University

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