Species Survival Plans
The Species Survival Plans, or SSPs, 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. Currently, 87 SSPs covering 116 individual species are administered by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, whose membership includes 183 accredited zoos and aquariums throughout North America.
List of SSP Animals at Brookfield Zoo