Baird's Tapirs

Species Survival 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 Greater roadrunner Orinoco goose Straw-colored fruit bat
African pygmy falcon Green aracari Palm cockatoo Tawny frogmouth
Andean condor Grevy's zebra Panamanian golden frog Tiger
Azure-winged magpie Guereza colobus Plains zebra Turkmenian markhor
Baird's tapir Hadada ibis Prehensile-tailed porcupine Violaceous turaco
Bali mynah Hamerkop Prehensile-tailed skink Warthog
Bearded barbet Hyacinth macaw Puma Wattled crane
Bearded emperor tamarin Inca tern Pygmy hippopotamus Western lowland gorilla
Black crake Jaguar Red kangaroo White-bearded wildebeest
Black-handed spider monkey Kea Red panda White-cheeked gibbon
Blue-bellied roller Kori bustard Red river hog White-nosed coati
Boat-billed heron Lady Ross' turaco Red-breasted goose White-naped crane
Brazilian agouti Laughing kookaburra Red-crowned crane Yellow-billed stork
Cabot's tragopan Linne's two-toed sloth Rhinoceros hornbill Yellow-rumped cacique
Canada lynx Lion Ring-tailed lemur  
Capybara Mandrill Rock hyrax  
Caribbean flamingo Marbled teal duck Ruppell's griffon vulture  
Chacoan peccary Masai giraffe Saddle-billed stork  
Chilean flamingo Matschie's tree kangaroo Scarlet ibis  
Cotton-top tamarin Meerkat Snow leopard  
Eastern bongo Mexican gray wolf Southern ground hornbill  
Elegant crested tinamou North American porcupine Spectacled owl  
Giant anteater North American river otter Spotted hyena  
Golden-breasted starling North Island brown kiwi Spotted turtle  
Great hornbill Ocelot Sunbittern