AZA Programs

Ensuring the Survival of Wildlife

The mission of these Association of Zoos and Aquariums programs is to help ensure the survival of selected wildlife species.

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction

Together with other zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we are focusing our conservation science, wildlife expertise and 180 million collective visitors to save species in the wild.

Conservation Action Partnerships (CAPs)

The Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) CAPs, established in 1991, are special committees designed to help coordinate the conservation and scientific activities of AZA institutions working in specific geographical regions of the world.

CAPs allow AZA member institutions and individuals to network more broadly, allowing the development and coordination of multiple conservation projects within and between given regions. AZA hopes that these efforts to assist conservation at the regional level will result in fewer species of the world’s precious wildlife being lost.

Current Seneca Park Zoo CAP Ambassadors:

Animals of Madagascar
Coral Reef Ecosystems

Taxon Advisory Groups

Established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1990, TAGs examine the conservation needs of entire taxa, or groups of related species. TAGs also promote cooperation and sharing of information between AZA and other regional and international conservation programs.

Serving as committees of expert advisors, Taxon Advisory Groups assist in the selection of appropriate species for AZA conservation programs and provide a forum for discussing husbandry, veterinary, ethical and other issues that apply to entire taxa.

Species Survival Plans

The Species Survival Plan (SSP) program began in 1981 as a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species in zoos and aquariums in North America. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.

Most SSP species are endangered or threatened in their natural ranges. SSP species are often flagship species, well-known animals that arouse strong feelings in the public for their preservation and the protection of their habitat.

Green SSP Programs

Green SSP programs manage populations that are the most sustainable over time. The Zoo participates in Green SSP programs for the following animals:

Yellow SSP Programs

Yellow SSP programs manage populations that are potentially sustainable but require additional attention and effort to increase their sustainability. The Zoo participates in Yellow SSP programs for the following animals:

Red SSP Programs

Red SSP programs manage populations that are currently unsustainable and in critical need of start-up efforts (e.g., importations) to help them increase their sustainability. The Zoo participates in Red SSP programs for the following animals: