SAFE Member-sponsored Species programs protect threatened animals; build on established recovery plans and track records of commitment; prioritize collaboration among AZA member institutions; implement both strategic conservation and public engagement activities; and measure and report real conservation impact.
(AZA Board-accepted, July 2016)
Download an application today! AZA will be testing the SMSS application by reviewing the first 5-10 applications submitted to AZA’s Conservation and Science department prior to May 30, 2017. Early applicants will be asked to evaluate their SMSS application experience and the resources provided. Review of additional applications will resume in late summer, 2017. Contact AZA’s Conservation and Science Department with questions.
The Program Leader position holds important responsibilities critical to the success of AZA’s SAFE Member-sponsored Species programs. His or her primary responsibility is to work AZA partners to create a three-year Program Plan that includes measurable field conservation and public engagement actions, and that will engage additional collaborators over time. Programs Leaders will be individual members of AZA, as well as full-time, paid employees of an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium or certified related facility. Program Leaders should submit Statements of Individual Commitment and Institutional Support with the program application and be able be able to commit to the three-year position duration.
Liza Dadone, VMD, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Kristen Lukas, PhD, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Approved: February 10, 2017
Program Plan Due August 10, 2017