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Species Survival Plan

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 the wild. 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.

Current Seneca Park Zoo SSP Ambassadors (as of 12/12/13):


 African elephant
 North American river otter
 African lion
 Ocelot
 African penguin
 Pancake tortoise
 Amur tiger
 Panamanian golden frog
 Bali mynah
 Polar bear
 Black-handed spider monkey  Radiated tortoise
 Black-naped fruit dove  Roseate spoonbill
 Bornean orangutan  Scarlet ibis
 Brazilian agouti  Snow leopard
 California sea lion  Snowy owl
 Canada lynx  Southern three-banded armadillo
 Eastern Massassauga rattlesnake  Southern white rhinoceros
 Golden lion tamarin  Spotted dikkop
 King vulture  Spotted hyena
 Kinkajou  Spotted turtle
 Meerkat  Two-toed sloth
 Mexican wolf  White-handed gibbon
 Nicobar pigeon