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 38 SSPs including:

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