SAFE 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.
Explore which SAFE Species programs are already active or have proposals currently under review and help them achieve their conservation goals.
Interested in creating a new SAFE Species program? Download a proposal today! Proposals will be reviewed by the Field Conservation Committee (FCC) as they are received. A Liaison from the FCC will shepherd the proposal through the review process so that a decision on the proposal is made within two months of submission. Contact AZA’s Conservation and Science Department with questions.
Spread the word about SAFE! Tell your staff and governing authorities about SAFE and inspire them to become involved. AZA has developed a presentation that you are welcome to use to share the SAFE story. This presentation is available on the Governing Authorities Resource Center page (member log-in required).
Each of the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to become a SAFE Species (AZA Board-accepted, July 2017)
The Program Leader position holds important responsibilities critical to the success of AZA’s SAFE 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.
SAFE Species programs report on their activities at least twice a year. Annual Reports are due August 10 and Mid-Year Progress Reports are due February 15.