AZA Managed Programs

A Species Survival Plan® (SSP) is one of the types of management plans that is managed by the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s Wildlife Conservation Management Committee. The mission of an AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species population within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums, Certified Related Facilities, and Sustainability Partners. In order to be an SSP, a population must meet specific requirements related to genetic diversity, population number, and number of institutions that have that species at their facility.

Each SSP maintains a studbook that is maintained by a studbook keeper. This document provides information about the lineage, reproductive history, and transfers of each individual animal in a species population. That’s a lot of information! This data allows them to present general biology and species ecology data, to present status and distribution of that species in their native habitat, to monitor and document all births, deaths, and transfer information, to assess the genetic diversity and health of the population, and to provide recommendations for transfers and breeding in order to maintain or increase genetic diversity in the population.

Currently, The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center participates in several SSPs including:

 African Crested Porcupine Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
African Elephant Mountain Lion
Asian Elephant Nicobar Pigeon
Bali Mynah North American River Otter
Black and White Ruffed Lemur Red-and-yellow Barbet
Black Crake Red-capped Cardinal
Black-footed Ferret Reticulated Giraffe
Blue crowned Motmot River Hippopotamus
Blue-grey Tanager Roseate Spoonbill
Bobcat Scarlet Ibis
Bornean Orangutan Silver-beaked Tanager
Golden Lion Tamarin Southern Three-banded Armadillo
Greater Malayan Chevrotain Sumatran Tiger
Grey Crowned Crane Troupial
Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth Trumpeter Swan
Lesser Madagascar Hedgehog Tenrec Violaceous Turaco