Small Population Management Advisory Group

Small Population Management Scientific Advisory Group

The mission of the Small Population Management Scientific Advisory Group (SPMAG) is to develop cooperative relationships between AZA, its Animal Programs, and its accredited institutions and provide technical advice pertaining to population management for AZA Animal Programs.

SPMAG advises the AZA Animal Population Management (APM) Committee, Conservation Department, and Animal Program Leaders on issues related to population management. It is overseen by the APM Committee.


SPMAG is administered by a Steering Committee composed of three Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary), all of whom are elected from the general SPMAG membership. The primary functions of SPMAG are to:

  • Advance the science of applied small population biology.
  • Develop tools for use by small population managers.
  • Provide training for population managers in North America and other regions.
  • Advise select AZA Animal Programs involved in the conservation of small populations.

Interested in Becoming a SPMAG Member?
If you are interested in becoming involved with or obtaining more information about SPMAG, please contact Dr. Gina Ferrie, Chair.

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