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.