The AZA has established a new award to recognize and celebrate the successes of Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Programs. The AZA SSP Sustainability Award will recognize initiatives that have a quantifiable impact on the long-term sustainability of an SSP’s managed population. Animal Program Leaders (i.e., TAG Chairs, SSP Coordinators, Studbook Keepers, and Scientific Advisory Group Chairs) may submit an application for this award that demonstrates how their significant and innovative efforts have resulted in a significant increase in an SSP population’s sustainability.
Award decisions will be based on the following criteria:
The award will recognize the SSP Program as well as contributing Animal Program(s) on a perpetual plaque in the AZA office. The AZA Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC) will review applications and present the awards at AZA’s Mid-Year Meeting. More than one award may be presented in any given year.
Download the SSP Sustainability Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for Submission (PDF)
Sustainability Award News Release Form (DOC)
Please submit applications for the 2018 SSP Sustainability Award to Barbara Pueschel by December 15, 2017. The 2018 applications will be posted by September 1, 2017.