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 Giant anteater Orinoco goose Southern ground hornbill
African pygmy falcon Golden-breasted starling Palm cockatoo Spectacled owl
African wild dog Great hornbill Panamanian golden frog Spotted turtle
Amur leopard Grevy's zebra Plains zebra Straw-colored fruit bat
Andean condor Guereza colobus Prehensile-tailed porcupine Sunbittern
Baboon (Mandrilus sphinx) Hadada ibis Prehensile-tailed skink Tawny frogmouth
Baird's tapir (Central American) Hyacinth macaw Puma Tiger
Bali mynah Inca tern Pygmy hippopotamus Turkmenian markhor
Bearded barbet Jaguar Red kangaroo Two-toed sloth
Bearded emperor tamarin Kea Red panda Violaceous turaco
Black-handed spider monkey Kori bustard Red-crowned crane Warthog
Blue-bellied roller Laughing kookaburra Red-rumped agouti Wattled crane
Boat-billed heron Lion Ring-tailed lemur Western gorilla
Canada lynx Marbled teal duck Ringtail cacomistle White-bearded wildebeest
Capybara Masai giraffe Ruppell's griffon vulture White-cheeked gibbon
Caribbean flamingo Matschie's tree kangaroo Saddle-billed stork White-nosed coati
Chilean flamingo Mexican gray wolf Scarlet ibis Yellow-backed duiker
Cotton-top tamarin Nocturnal prosimian (potto) Seba's short-tailed fruit bat Yellow-billed stork
Dik-dik North American river otter Slender-tailed meerkat Yellow-rumped cacique
Eastern bongo Ocelot Snow leopard