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Species Survival Plan

The Louisville Zoo is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), and organization that represents and accredits professionally managed zoos and aquariums in North America.

The Species Survival Plan or SSP is the AZA's cooperative breeding and conservation program. It is the cornerstone of efforts to assist endangered species.

Institutions that agree to participate in SSP programs agree to manage their animals in the best interest in of the species.

Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy, self-sustaining captive population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. In addition, SSPs involve research, public education and field projects.

Current Species Survival Plan animals at the Louisville Zoo:

(Updated August, 2010)

  1. Addax
  2. Alligator, Chinese
  3. Babirusa
  4. Bat, Rodrigues fruit
  5. Bear, Polar
  6. Bongo, Eastern
  7. Cat, Black-footed
  8. Crane, Red-crowned
  9. Crane, Wattled
  10. Crocodile, Cuban
  11. Dragon, Komodo
  12. Elephant, African
  13. Elephant, Asian
  14. Ferret, Black-footed
  15. Frog, Panamanian golden
  16. Gazelle, Mhorr
  17. Gibbon (siamang)
  18. Gorilla (Western lowland)
  19. Guenon (Patas monkey)
  20. Hippopotamus, Pygmy
  21. Ibis, Waldrapp
  22. Jaguar
  23. Lemur, Ring-tailed
  24. Lemur, Black and White ruffed
  25. Leopard, Snow
  26. Lion
  27. Monkey, Patas
  28. Mynah, Bali
  29. Ocelot
  30. Orangutan, Sumatran
  31. Penguin, African
  32. Pigeon, Mauritius Pink
  33. Rail, Guam
  34. Rattlesnake, Aruba Island
  35. Rhinoceros, White (Southern)
  36. Tamarin, Cotton-top
  37. Tapir, Malayan
  38. Tiger, Amur
  39. Tiger, Sumatran
  40. Toad, Puerto Rican Crested
  41. Tortoise, Star
  42. Wolf-Maned