What is an SSP?

A Species Survival Plan® is a collaborative science-based management program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The mission of an AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program is to manage and conserve a select and typically threatened or endangered, species population in zoos and /or aquariums with the cooperation of SSP members. Each SSP Program is managed by its corresponding Taxon Advisory Group (TAG).

SSP species are often "flagship species," well-known animals which arouse strong feelings in the public for the preservation and protection of the wild population and their habitat, including the giant panda, California condor, and lowland gorilla. As of 2013, there are more than 300 AZA SSP Programs, striving to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population.

Functions of an SSP

Each SSP Program is supervised by an SSP Coordinator and composed of a Management Group of AZA members, and expert advisors.

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