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 many Species Survival Programs.