Meet the SAFE Species

SAFE Species

African Lion
Hollie Colahan, Denver Zoo
Approved: June 27, 2018
Program Plan Due: December 27, 2018

African Penguin
Patty McGill, Ph.D

African Vultures
Corinne Kendall, Ph.D, North Carolina Zoo
Approved: August 1, 2017
Program Plan Approved: March 22, 2018
African Vultures SAFE Program Action Plan 2018-2020

American Red Wolf
Chris Lasher, North Carolina Zoo
Approved: April 25, 2018
Program Plan: Under review

Asian Elephant 
Adam Felts, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Nick Newby, Oklahoma City Zoo
Martha Fischer, Saint Louis Zoo

Atlantic Acropora Corals
Bart Shepherd, Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences
Mike Brittsan, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Approved: March 23, 2018
Program Plan Due: September 23, 2018

Black-footed Ferret
Guy Graves, Louisville Zoological Garden
Approved: August 1, 2017
Program Plan: Under review

Black Rhinoceros
Lisa Smith, Buffalo Zoo

Cheryl Morris, Ph.D, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Eastern Indigo Snake
Michelle Hoffman, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Approved: June 27, 2018
Program Plan Due: December 27, 2018

Liza Dadone, VMD, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Andi Kornak, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Approved: February 10, 2017
Program Plan Approved: September 12, 2017
Giraffe SAFE Program Action Plan 2017-2020

Kristen Lukas, Ph.D, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Colleen McCann, Ph.D, Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society

Ronda Schwetz, Henry Vilas Zoo
Approved: July 17, 2018
Program Plan Due: January 17, 2019

Radiated Tortoise
Michael Ogle, Zoo Knoxville
Approved: August 1, 2017
Program Plan Approved: July 20, 2018
Radiated Tortoise SAFE Program Plan 2018-2020

Sea Turtles
Mark Swingle, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Sharks and Rays

Western Pond Turtle
Jason Watters, Ph.D, San Francisco Zoological Gardens

Whooping Crane
Michael Mace, San Diego Zoo Global

James A. Danoff-Burg, Ph.D, The Living Desert

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