Many wild animal species are quickly becoming extinct.
We must act now.
Zoos share a responsibility in this issue. The Edmonton Valley Zoo takes an active role in the global issue of species conservation by participating in the Species Survival Plan.
What is the Species Survival Plan?
The Species Survival Plan (SSP), organized by zoos in 1981, consists of co-operative, coordinated breeding programs for captive endangered species throughout the world. The American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) administers the plan.
Species Survival Plans are not a substitute for preserving animals in nature but are a strategy for creating healthy, self-sustaining, captive populations that can be reintroduced into restored or secured habitats. The ultimate goal of the plan is to release healthy animals into the wild.
SSP Management Designations fall into one of three categories: Green SSP Programs, Yellow SSP Programs, and Red SSP Programs.
Green SSP Programs are populations that are the most sustainable over time. Yellow SSP Programs are populations that are potentially sustainable but require additional attention and effort to increase their sustainability. Red SSP Programs are populations that are currently unsustainable and in critical need of start-up efforts (importations) to help them increase their sustainability.
How is the Edmonton Valley Zoo Involved?
In 1992, the Edmonton Valley Zoo joined the international Species Survival Plan.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo is involved in these programs: