The AZA collaborates with over 200 zoos throughout North America in SSP breeding conservation programs.

Species Survival Plan

Species Survival Plans (SSPs) were developed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to manage the breeding of captive animal populations in order to maintain healthy, self-sustaining populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable. SSP populations could, if necessary, serve as genetic and/or demographic reservoirs in support of wild populations.

The mission of the program is to help ensure the survival of selected wildlife species into the future and to provide a link between zoo and aquarium animals and the conservation of their wild counterparts.

For more information on SSPs, visit the AZA.

The AZA collaborates with more than 200 zoos throughout North America in SSP breeding conservation programs. The Toledo Zoo is proud to participate in these SSPs:

African elephant
African lion
African penguin
African wild dog
Allen’s swamp monkey
Amur tiger
Aruba Island rattlesnake
Bali mynah
Black-and-white colobus monkey
Cheetah
Cinerous vulture
Cuban crocodile
DeBrazza’s monkey
Francois’ langur
Gibbon
Kori bustard
Lake Victorian cichlids
Lowland gorilla
Massasauga rattlesnake
Mauritius pink pigeon
Mona/Virgin Islands boa
Orangutan
Polar bear
Puerto Rican crested toad
Rhinoceros hornbill
Sloth bear
Snow leopard
Victorian crowned pigeon
White-naped crane
White rhinoceros
Wyoming toad