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The Topeka Zoo is involved in a number of conservation management programs and our staff members contribute to animal management through service on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) animal management groups. Our involvement includes:

Species Survival Plans (SSPs)

SSPs are a cooperative population management and conservation program administered by the AZA. The program focuses on select species within zoos and aquariums that are typically classified as threatened or endangered. The Topeka Zoo participates in several SSP programs through the AZA.

Captive Breeding Specialist Group (CBSGs)

The Topeka Zoo supports the CBSG, which is a global network of conservation professionals who are dedicated to saving threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide.

North American Conservation Programs

The Topeka Zoo has managed two release/introduction programs: one for American golden eagles and one for Trumpeter swans. We have participated in placing captive hatched golden eagles from the Topeka Zoo and other North American facilities back into the wild. The Zoo worked in partnership with Ted Turner Enterprises, USFWS, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Westar Energy on this long-term project. Through our Trumpeter swan release project, all cygnets raised at the Topeka Zoo were transferred to a release project site in Minnesota or Oregon in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota State Zoo and Trumpeter Swan Society.

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