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Many wild animal species are quickly becoming extinct. In 1992, the Edmonton Valley Zoo joined the international Species Survival Plan, thereby taking an active role in the global issue of species conservation.

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.

Species Survival Plan (SSP) Management Designations

Green SSP Program

Green SSP Programs represent animal populations that are the most sustainable over time.

Animal Populations Under This Program

Mammals

Yellow SSP Program

Yellow SSP Programs represent animal populations that are potentially sustainable but require additional attention and effort to increase their sustainability.

Animal Populations Under This Program

Birds

Mammals

Red SSP Program

Red SSP Programs represent animal populations that are currently unsustainable and in critical need of start-up efforts (importations) to help them increase their sustainability.

Animal Populations Under This Program

Bird

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

Telephone In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311
Email attractions@edmonton.ca

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