Species Survival Plan Program

Species Survival Plan Program

red panda at Roger Williams Park Zoo
The red panda is one of the SSP species at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Species Survival Plan
You can identify Species Survival Plan animals while at the Zoo by looking for the SSP symbol.


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Working Cooperatively to Combat Extinction

One of our most powerful tools in combating extinction is the Species Survival Plan Program (SSP). This program, started in 1981 by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA),is a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species at North American zoos and aquariums. Each SSP carefully manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining captive population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. Currently, there are over 300 SSPs, which are grouped according to sustainability in North American Zoos.  SSPs also engage in a variety of other cooperative conservation activities, such as research, public education, reintroduction, and field projects.
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SSP Animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo include:

African elephant
African wild dog
American burying beetle
Bali mynah
Cotton top tamarin
Giant anteater
Golden lion tamarin
Louisiana pine snake
Matschie’s tree kangaroo
Partula snail
Radiated tortoise
Red crowned crane
Red panda
Red wolf
Snow leopard
White-cheeked gibbon
White-winged wood duck