The continued success of AZA's cooperative Animal Programs requires persistent scientific research to enhance ex situ animal care and management strategies and to augment regional and international in situ conservation initiatives. AZA's Scientific Advisory Groups (SAGs) represent the commitment of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, and approved Sustainability Partners to expanding their scientific programs, collaborating with the greater academic and science communities, increasing the use of science in the management and care of their animal populations, and collectively contributing to the long-term conservation of global biodiversity.
Each SAG is managed by a by its corresponding Committee and is in turn responsible for advising AZA, its Animal Programs, Committees, and AZA-accredited institutions.
SAGs are administered by a Steering Committee composed of Officers and specialized expert advisors including veterinarians, scientists, curators, professors, government, and others. SAG primary functions include: