Species Survival Plan Participation
Because of the endangered status of animals such as the African elephant, western lowland gorilla, African black rhino and Sumatran orangutan, these animals are part of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's Species Survival Plan (SSP). The Species Survival Plan, or SSP, began in 1981 as 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. Beyond this, SSPs include a variety of other cooperative conservation activities, such as research, public education, reintroduction, and field projects.
Zoo Atlanta participates in the following:
Aruba Island rattlesnake