Species Survival Plan Program

Species Survival Plan Program

red panda at Roger Williams Park Zoo
The red panda is one of the SSP species at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Species Survival Plan
You can identify Species Survival Plan animals while at the Zoo by looking for the SSP symbol.

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Working Cooperatively to Combat Extinction

One of our most powerful tools in combating extinction is the Species Survival Plan Program (SSP). This program, started in 1981 by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA),is a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species at North American zoos and aquariums. Each SSP carefully manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining captive population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. Currently, there are over 300 SSPs, which are grouped according to sustainability in North American Zoos. SSPs also engage in a variety of other cooperative conservation activities, such as research, public education, reintroduction, and field projects.
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SSP Animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo include:

Alligator, Chinese
Anteater, Giant
Babirusa
Beetle, American burying 
Crane, red-crowned 
Duck, white-winged wood
Elephant, African 
Gibbon, white-cheeked
Kangaroo, Matschie’s tree 
Leopard, Snow
Mynah, Bali  
Panda, red 
Rattlesnake, Timber 
Tamarin, cotton top 
Tamarin, golden lion 
Tortoise, radiated
Wild dog, African
Wolf, red