AZA Programs

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.

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Adhering to the highest standards through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation

Seneca Park Zoo is accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Less than 10% of zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, and animal exhibitors earn this accreditation due to its rigorous standards. Seneca Park Zoo has been accredited continuously since 1979, making our Zoo one of the longest continually accredited facilities in the country.

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Ensuring the survival of wildlife through the Species Survival Plan (SSP)

The mission of the SSP is to oversee the population management of select species within AZA member institutions, and to enhance conservation of this species in their natural ranges. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species 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 – the SSP program is critical in saving animals from total extinction.

SSP species at our Zoo:

• African elephant
• African lion
• African penguin
• Amur tiger
• California sea lion
• Canada lynx
• Cape thick knee
• Golden breasted starling

• Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko
• Masai giraffe
• North American river otter
• Panamanian golden frog
• Pancake tortoise
• Plains zebra
• Polar bear

• Red panda
• Rock hyrax
• Snow leopard
• Snowy owl
• Southern white rhino
• Spotted hyena
• White-faced buffalo weaver

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction

Seneca Park Zoo is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ SAFE program, which seeks to save the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction. By combining the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the expertise of AZA members and partners, SAFE aims to protect species for future generations.

SAFE species at our Zoo:
African lion, African penguin, Masai giraffe