Animal Management Programs

Ring-Tailed LemursSpecies Survival Plans (SSPs)*

As an institution accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), the Los Angeles Zoo plays an active role in collaborative efforts to sustain captive populations of species from around the world to hedge against extinction.

Species Survival Plans (SSPs) are programs that carefully manage species to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining captive population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. SSP species are often "flagship species," well-known animals which arouse strong feelings in the public for the preservation and protection of the in situ population and their habitat, including the California condor and lowland gorilla.

Each SSP is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan that identifies population management goals and recommendations to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population.

Participation includes cooperating with other institutions, increasing public awareness, conducting research, and training professionals.

Click here to learn more about SSPs from the AZA website.

Current L.A. Zoo Species Survival Plans

  • Alligator, Chinese
  • Babirusa
  • Baboon
  • Bongo, Eastern
  • Chimpanzee
  • Colobus
  • Condor, Andean
  • Condor, California
  • Deer, Philippine
  • Dog, African Wild
  • Dragon, Komodo
  • Elephant
  • Fossa
  • Gibbon
  • Gorilla, Western
  • Guenon
  • Iguana, Fiji Island Banded
  • Jaguar
  • Koala, Queensland
  • Lemur, Ring-Tailed
  • Lemur, Ruffed
  • Leopard, Snow
  • Lion
  • Mangabey
  • Marmoset, Geoffroy’s
  • Monkey, Spider
  • Mynah, Bali
  • Ocelot
  • Okapi
  • Orangutan
  • Oryx, Arabian
  • Otter, Giant
  • Parrot, Thick-Billed
  • Peafowl, Congo
  • Peccary, Chacoan
  • Pig, Visayan Warty
  • Rattlesnake, Aruba Island
  • Rhinoceros, Black
  • Rhinoceros, Indian
  • Sifaka, Coquerel’s
  • Tamarin, Cotton-Top
  • Tamarin, Golden-Lion
  • Tapir, Baird’s
  • Tiger
  • Tortoise, Burmese Star
  • Tortoise, Radiated
  • Toucan
  • Wallaby, Yellow-Footed Rock
  • Wolf, Maned
  • Zebra, Grevy’s

Harpy Eagle

Population Management Plans (PMPs)*

The mission of an AZA Population Management Plan (PMP) Program is to manage and conserve select ex situ species populations with voluntary cooperation.

Each PMP summarizes the current demographic and genetic status of the species population and identifies breeding or non-breeding recommendations with consideration given to each animal’s social and biological needs as well transfer feasibility.

All recommendations are designed to maintain a healthy, genetically diverse and demographically stable population.

Click here to learn more about PMPs from the AZA website.


Current L.A. Zoo Population Management Plans

  • Anoa, Lowland
  • Armadillo, Southern Three-Banded
  • Bettong,  Brush-Tailed
  • Cassowary, Southern
  • Chevrotain, Greater Malayan
  • Chuckwalla, San Esteban
  • Coati, White-Nosed
  • Deer, Pere David’s
  • Duiker, Red-Flanked
  • Eagle, Harpy
  • Echidna, Short-Beaked
  • Eland, Eastern Giant
  • Flamingo, Caribbean
  • Flamingo, Chilean
  • Flamingo, Greater
  • Fox, Island
  • Frogmouth, Tawny
  • Gazelle, Speke’s
  • Gerenuk, Southern
  • Giraffe, Reticulated and Rothschild
  • Goral
  • Hippopotamus, Nile
  • Hog, Red River
  • Hornbill, Abyssinian Ground
  • Hyrax, Rock
  • Ibis, Scarlet
  • Jay, Plush Crested
  • Kangaroo, Gray
  • Kangaroo, Red
  • Kookaburra, Laughing
  • Lizard, Mexican Beaded
  • Markhor
  • Meerkat
  • Monkey, Southern Black Howler
  • Oropendola, Crested
  • Otter, North American River
  • Owl, Eurasian Eagle
  • Owl, Spectacled
  • Pigeon, Nicobar
  • Porcupine, Prehensile-Tailed
  • Pudu, Chilean
  • Rattlesnake, Mexican Lance-Headed
  • Saki, White-Faced
  • Screamer, Crested
  • Sea Lion, California
  • Seal, Harbor
  • Seriema, Red-legged
  • Serval
  • Skink, Prehensile-Tailed
  • Spoonbill, Roseate
  • Starling, Golden-Breasted
  • Takin
  • Tamarin, Bearded Emperor
  • Tern, Inca
  • Tortoise, Madagascar Spider
  • Trumpeter, Grey-Winged
  • Turaco, Lady Ross’
  • Turaco, Violaceous
  • Vulture, Cape Griffon
  • Vulture, King
  • Wallaby, Tammar
  • Weaver, White-Headed Buffalo


* Information provided by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums website.


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