Taxon Advisory Groups

Ensuring the Survival of Wildlife

The mission of these Association of Zoos and Aquariums programs is to help ensure the survival of selected wildlife species.

Established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1990, TAGs examine the conservation needs of entire taxa, or groups of related species. TAGs also promote cooperation and sharing of information between AZA and other regional and international conservation programs.

Serving as committees of expert advisors, Taxon Advisory Groups assist in the selection of appropriate species for AZA conservation programs and provide a forum for discussing husbandry, veterinary, ethical and other issues that apply to entire taxa.

Current Seneca Park Zoo TAG Ambassadors

Amphibian TAG

  • Panamanian golden frog

Parrot TAG

  • Congo African grey parrot

Penguin TAG

  • African penguin

Felid TAG

  • African lion
  • Amur tiger
  • Snow leopard

Raptor TAG

  • Barred owl
  • Great horned owl
  • Bald eagle
  • King vulture

Rodent, Insectivore, Lagomorph TAG

  • Chinchilla
  • Domestic rabbit
  • Domestic rat

Ciconiformes TAG

  • Scarlet ibis
  • Roseate spoonbill

Small Carnivore TAG

  • Meerkat
  • North American river otter

Chelonian TAG

  • African pancake tortoise
  • Radiated tortoise

Elephant TAG

  • African elephant


  • Bornean orangutan

Rhino TAG

  • White rhino

Canid and Hyaenid TAG

  • Spotted hyena

Lizard TAG

  • Standing’s (Madagascar) day gecko

Snake TAG

  • Dumeril’s ground boa