Baird's Tapirs

Species Survial Plans

SnowleopardfeatureZoos and aquariums play a leading role in preserving animal populations across the globe. Zoo New England is an active participant in a number of Species Survival Plans (SSP), aimed at managing and conserving typically threatened or endangered animal populations.

In cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), each SSP carefully manages the breeding of species --maintaining population Studbooks and Breeding and Transfer Plans-- to maintain a genetically healthy and demographically stable captive population. Public education, research and partnerships with scientists in the field are vital components in any potential reintroduction program.

By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of otherwise extinct species.

Zoo New England participates in the following SSPs:


African crested porcupine Great hornbill Ocelot Slender-tailed meerkat
African pygmy falcon Greater roadrunner Orinoco goose Snow leopard
Amur leopard Grevy's zebra North Island brown kiwi Southern ground hornbill
Andean condor Guereza colobus Palm cockatoo Spotted hyena
Bali mynah Hadada ibis Panamanian golden frog Spectacled owl
Bearded barbet Hyacinth macaw Plains zebra Spotted turtle
Bearded emperor tamarin Inca tern Prehensile-tailed porcupine Sunbittern
Black-handed spider monkey Jaguar Prehensile-tailed skink Tawny frogmouth
Blue-bellied roller Kea Puma Tiger
Boat-billed heron Kori bustard Pygmy hippopotamus Turkmenian markhor
Canada lynx Laughing kookaburra Red kangaroo Violaceous turaco
Capybara Linne's two-toed sloth Red panda Wattled crane
Chilean flamingo Lion Red-crowned crane Western gorilla
Common warthog Marbled teal duck Red-rumped agouti White-bearded wildebeest
Cotton-top tamarin Mandrill Ring-tailed lemur White-cheeked gibbon
Dik-dik Masai giraffe Rhinoceros hornbill White-nosed coati
Eastern bongo Matschie's tree kangaroo Ruppell's griffon vulture Yellow-backed duiker
Giant anteater Mexican gray wolf Saddle-billed stork Yellow-billed stork
Golden-breasted starling North American river otter Scarlet ibis Yellow-rumped cacique