AZA Programs at the Zoo

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA represents more than 235 facilities in the United States and overseas, which collectively draw more than 200 million visitors every year. AZA accredited zoos and aquariums meet the highest standards in animal care and welfare and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience. In addition, they dedicate millions of dollars annually to support scientific research, conservation, and education programs. 

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is involved in all of the following AZA programs:


There are currently 500 Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, each managed by their corresponding Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), within AZA. The Buttonwood Park Zoo is involved in all of the following SSP programs pertaining to its collection:

  • African pygmy goose
  • Asian elephant
  • Baer’s pochard
  • Bearded emperor tamarin
  • Bobcat
  • Bolivian gray titi monkey
  • Cabot’s tragopan
  • Caiman lizard
  • Canada lynx
  • Coscoroba swan
  • Cotton-top tamarin
  • Cougar
  • Fennec fox
  • Freshwater ray
  • Goeldi’s monkey
  • Golden-headed lion tamarin
  • Green aracari
  • Harbor seal
  • Hawk-headed parrot
  • Hoffman’s two-toed sloth
  • Indian pygmy goose
  • Lined seahorse
  • Marbled teal duck
  • Nene goose
  • North American river otter
  • Panamanian golden frog
  • Pygmy marmoset
  • Red-breasted goose
  • Red panda
  • Scaly-sided merganser
  • Southern screamer
  • Swan goose
  • Trumpeter swan
  • Venezuelan troupial

Buttonwood Park Zoo staff serve on the following AZA Programs and Committees:

  • Accreditation Committee
  • Bear TAG
  • Polar Bear SSP
  • SSP Coordinator for Southern Black Howler Monkey
  • Regional Studbook Keeper for Southern Black Howler Monkey
  • Annual Conference Program Committee

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