ZAA accredited facilities make significant contributions to global conservation
Beyond NGO support, ZAA members are also heavily involved in reintroduction programs, and rescue and rehabilitation work. Some of the species our members work with include Eastern or mountain bongo, Attwater’s prairie chicken, Texas horned lizard, Anegada ground iguana, Kemps Ridley sea turtle, and San Joaquin kit fox.
Sadly, modern-day conservation of threatened or endangered species cannot simply be limited to protecting or reintroducing animals in their native ranges. For many, the “wild” is disappearing as humans encroach on their natural habitats. To ensure a species’ long-term survival, captive propagation of wildlife has become an essential part of the conversation and the only insulation against a potential collapse of wild populations. Our managed breeding program at ZAA is named the Animal Management Program (AMP). Through the ZAA AMP, our members are also involved with cheetah, Southern white rhinoceros, mandrill, Schmidt’s guenon, lowland tapir, African black-footed penguin, and siamang. Our AMP species management program is coordinated across the family of ZAA accredited members to ensure the greatest genetic variability.
ZAA accredited facility Tanganyika Wildlife Park's successful breeding program has increased the world's captive population of clouded leopards by 10%.
Attwater's prairie chicken
Tympanuchus cupido attwateri
The Attwater's prairie chicken is considered one of the most endangered birds in North America. ZAA accredited facility Fossil Rim Wildlife Center has provided over 200 captive born chicks for release into the wild. United States Fish and Wildlife Service has stated that, had it not been for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's involvement, this species would likely now be extinct.
Texas horned lizard
The iconic Texas horned lizard has disappeared throughout North Central Texas. ZAA accredited Fort Worth Zoo is the only facility to breed and reintroduce captive hatched offspring in the country and is a leader in horned lizard captive husbandry and management. The Fort Worth Zoo has produced nearly 300 offspring of this threatened species and developed soft-release methods for horned lizard reintroduction. Photo credit: David Hares Photography
Southern white rhinoceros
Ceratotherium s. simum
Captive born eastern bongo were released back into the wild with the assistance of ZAA accredited facilities.
The toco toucan is one of the several species in the toucan family that are part of ZAA's Toucan Propagation Program.
ZAA accredited facility Tanganyika Wildlife Park has produced more snow leopards in the last several years than any other facility in the world.
In 2003 there were less than 400 Anegada iguanas in the wild. ZAA accredited facility Fort Worth Zoo has been assisting the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands with the headstart program, which has released 195 endangered Anegada iguanas back into the wild.
ZAA accredited facility LEO Zoological Conservation Center is perfecting artificial insemination techniques of endangered orangutans and had the first orangutan born using artificial insemination.
ZAA accredited facilities hold 90% of the captive population of endangered lowland anoa.
The mandrill is one of the species in ZAA's managed breeding programs.
The cheetah is the flagship species for ZAA's managed breeding programs.
Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti
Schmidts guenon is one of the species in ZAA's managed breeding programs.
ZAA accredited facilities contribute to many in situ conservation organzations
African Predator Conservation program
Asian Elephant Support Group
Barn Swallow Recovery
Boelen's python research
Cheetah Conservation Botswana
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Cheetah Outreach Trust
DeWildt Wildlife Trust
Eastern Bluebird Recovery Program
Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus program
Gibbon Conservation Centter
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Gray Rat Snake Recovery
International Crane Foundation
International Elephant Foundation
International Rhino Foundation
International Veterinary Care
Island Fox program
Jane Goodall Institute
Masked Bobwhite Quail Recovery Team
Mountain Lion Foundation
Painted Dog Conservation
Pan Africa Sanctuary Alliance
San Joaquin Kit Fox recovery and treatment center
Sahara Conservation Fund
Small Cat Alliance
Tipton Kangaroo Rat behavioral breeding program
Tree Swallow Recovery
Waterfowl Propagation Program Nene Geese
WCS Mozambique cheetah project
Wood duck propagation program