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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Stacey Johnson, San Diego Zoo

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

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

Vice-Chair for Sustainability Partnerships
Pat Thomas, Ph.D., Wildlife Conservation Society - Bronx Zoo

Kristine Schad, AZA Population Management Center (PMC) at Lincoln Park Zoo
Jeff Ettling, Ph.D., Sedgwick County Zoo

Board Liaison
Chris Kuhar, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison
Candice Dorsey, Ph.D. 

Joe Barkowski, Tulsa Zoo
Dan Beetem, the Wilds
Pat Burchfield, Gladys Porter Zoo
Barrett Christie, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Hollie Colahan, Denver Zoo
Chris Dold, SeaWorld Orlando
Sheri Horiszny, Oregon Zoo
Jack Jewell, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Colleen Lynch, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Michael Ogle, Zoo Knoxville
Lori Perkins, Disney's Animal Kingdom
David Powell, Saint Louis Zoo
Amy Roberts, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Jeff Sailer, Toledo Zoo

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