AZA Managed Programs | The Topeka Zoo

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 Lion
African Elephant Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula
Asian Elephant Mountain Lion
Bali Mynah Nicobar Pigeon
Black and White Ruffed Lemur North American River Otter
Black Crake Red-and-yellow Barbet
Black-footed Ferret Red-capped Cardinal
Blue crowned Motmot Reticulated Giraffe
Blue-grey Tanager River Hippopotamus
Bobcat Scarlet Ibis
Bornean Orangutan Scarlet Ibis
Crested Wood-Partridge 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 Turao