Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA): Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.
Ex-situ conservation: conservation outside of the natural habitat – “out of place”
In situ conservation: situated in the original, natural, or existing place or position – “in place”
Species Survival Plan (SSP): The basis of this program is to maintain genetically diverse, long-term, self-sustaining captive populations as a safeguard against extinction. In addition it helps to provide information that may be essential to conservation in the wild. SSP programs require more intensive management accompanied by conservation action. A variety of criteria are considered when identifying a species for an SSP. Sedgwick County Zoo uses the following icon to indicate that the species has a Species Survival Plan.
Studbooks: An AZA Studbook dynamically documents the pedigree and entire demographic history of each individual in a population of species. There are currently over 450 AZA Regional Studbooks and over 30 International Studbooks that AZA Studbook Keepers are responsible for keeping and coordinating.
Taxon: a taxonomic category, as a species or genus.
Taxa: plural of taxon
Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG): The mission of an AZA Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) is to examine the conservation needs of an entire taxa, and to develop recommendations for population management and conservation based upon the needs of the species. TAGs are responsible for developing an action plan that identifies essential goals, scientific investigations, and conservation initiatives needed to best serve ex situ and in situ populations.