WIldlife Conservation and Management Committee

Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee Mission

The Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC) supports the development, promotion, evaluation, and management of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' cooperative Animal Programs, including 46 Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs) and more than 450 Species Survival Plan® Programs (SSPs). The WCMC ensures superior animal care, management, and sustainability within AZA's Animal Programs, and collaborates with other AZA Committees and global zoological associations to achieve these goals.

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Larry Killmar, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Vice-Chair for Taxon Advisory Groups
Bill Gersonde, Abilene Zoological Gardens

Vice-Chair for Species Survival Plans and Studbooks 
Harrison Edell, Dallas Zoo

Vice-Chair for Sustainability Partnerships
Chelle Plassé, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Sarah Long, Lincoln Park Zoo
Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
Jeff Ettling, Ph.D., Sedgwick County Zoo

Board Liaison
Chris Kuhar, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison
Candice Dorsey, Ph.D. 

Sherry Branch
Pat Burchfield, Gladys Porter Zoo
Karen Goodrowe-Beck, Ph.D., Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Sheri Horiszny, Oregon Zoo
Jack Jewell, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Stacey Johnson, San Diego Zoo Global
Pete Mohan, Akron Zoo
Clyde Peeling, Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
David Powell, Saint Louis Zoo
Jeff Sailer, Toledo Zoo
Brandie Smith, Smithsonian National Zoological Park 
Larry Sorel, Seneca Park Zoo
Ron Surratt, Fort Worth Zoo
Pat Thomas, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society

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