AZA’s Animal Population Management (APM) Committee, previously the Wildlife Conservation and Administration Committee (WCMC), manages practically 500 Animal Packages, together with Taxon Advisory Groups (TAGs), Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Packages and Studbook Programs. These Animal Packages, in coordination with vital contributions from AZA Scientific Advisory Groups (SAGs), Institutional Liaisons (ILs) and Institutional Representatives (IRs) are chargeable for the extraordinary management, growth, oversight, promotion, analysis and assist of AZA’s cooperative animal administration, conservation, and scientific initiatives. Administration instruments, databases, reference supplies, insurance policies, and breeding and switch plans have been developed to facilitate distinctive Animal Program collaboration inside and amongst AZA-accredited establishments.
Taxon Advisory Teams
An AZA Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) examines the conservation wants of a whole taxa and develops suggestions for inhabitants administration and conservation based mostly upon the wants of the species and people of AZA-accredited establishments. TAGs develop an motion plan that identifies important objectives, scientific investigations, and conservation initiatives wanted to finest serve ex situ and in situ populations and a Regional Assortment Plan that specifies the optimum method wherein the ex situ populations must be managed.
Species Survival Plan® Packages
An AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program strives to handle and preserve a choose and sometimes threatened or endangered, ex situ species inhabitants with the cooperation of AZA-accredited establishments. SSP Packages develop a Breeding and Switch Plan that identifies inhabitants administration objectives and suggestions to make sure the sustainability of a wholesome, genetically various, and demographically diverse inhabitants.
AZA Regional Studbooks
An AZA Regional Studbook dynamically paperwork the pedigree and whole demographic historical past of every particular person in a inhabitants of species. Studbooks are invaluable instruments that observe and handle every particular person cared for in AZA-accredited establishments.
Scientific Advisory Teams
An AZA Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) enhances ex situ animal care and administration methods and augments regional and worldwide in situ conservation initiatives by persistently increasing their scientific attain and initiatives. SAGs have made, and proceed to make, vital contributions to the long-term conservation of worldwide biodiversity.
AZA Animal Packages are eligible to handle fiscal assets to assist their program goals. An AZA Dedicated Funds account is designed to carry and distribute monies raised particularly to assist initiatives initiated or coordinated by an AZA Animal Program.