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, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

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
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. 

Pat Burchfield, Gladys Porter Zoo
Sheri Horiszny, Oregon Zoo
Jack Jewell, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Stacey Johnson, San Diego Zoo Global
Colleen Lynch, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Clyde Peeling, Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
Lori Perkins, Disney's Animal Kingdom
David Powell, Saint Louis Zoo
Amy Roberts, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Jeff Sailer, Toledo Zoo
Larry Sorel, Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy
Ron Surratt, Fort Worth Zoo
Mike Terrell, The Florida Aquarium

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