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, PhD

African Vultures
Corinne Kendall, PhD, 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 Due: October 25, 2018

Asian Elephant 
Martha Fischer, Saint Louis Zoo
Adam Felts, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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 Due: March 19, 2018

Black Rhinoceros

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, PhD, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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

Radiated Tortoise
Christina Castellano, PhD, Utah's Hogle Zoo
Michael Ogle, Zoo Knoxville
Approved: August 1, 2017
Program Plan Approved: July 20, 2018
Radiated Tortoise SAFE Program Plan 2018-2020

Sea Turtles

Sharks and Rays

Western Pond Turtle
Jason Watters, San Francisco Zoological Gardens

Whooping Crane

James A. Danoff-Burg, PhD, The Living Desert

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