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, mandrill, Schmidt’s guenon, African black-footed penguin, and more. Our AMP species management program is coordinated across the family of ZAA accredited members to ensure the greatest genetic variability.

Cheetah cubs born at Metro Richmond Zoo