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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
baboon (covers drills)
Bali mynah
black lemur
black rhinoceros
bongo
clouded leopard
elephant

giant panda
golden lion tamarin
gorilla
guenon (covers mona monkeys)
Komodo dragon
kori bustard
lion
orangutan

otter
radiated tortoise
red panda
ruffed lemur
tiger
toucan