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Species Survival Plan

Zoos and aquariums have saved more than 30 species from extinction, and are working to save dozens more.
Learn how Seneca Park Zoo has assisted in these efforts.

The Species Survival Plan (SSP) program began in 1981 as a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species in zoos and aquariums in North America. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.

Most SSP species are endangered or threatened in their natural ranges. Also, SSP species are often flagship species, well-known animals which arouse strong feelings in the public for their preservation and the protection of their habitat.

The mission of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan Program is to help ensure the survival of selected wildlife species.

Green SSP Programs manage populations that are the most sustainable over time.

Yellow SSP Programs manage populations that are potentially sustainable but require additional attention and effort to increase their sustainability.

Red SSP Programs manage populations that are currently unsustainable and in critical need of start-up efforts (e.g., importations) to help them increase their sustainability. 

Current Seneca Park Zoo SSP Ambassadors (as of 11/13/15):





Panamanian golden frog

African penguin

Black-naped fruit dove

Crested wood partridge

King vulture

Nicobar pigeon

Roseate spoonbill

Scarlet ibis

Snowy owl

Spotted dikkop

African elephant

African lion

Amur tiger

Black-handed spider monkey

Bornean orangutan

Brazilian agouti

California sea lion

Canada lynx

Golden lion tamarin


North American river otter

Pied tamarin

Polar bear

Ring-tailed lemur

Snow leopard

Southern three-banded armadillo

Southern white rhinoceros

Spotted hyena

Two-toed sloth

White-handed gibbon

Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake

Pancake tortoise

Radiated tortoise

Spotted turtle