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Glossary of Terms

Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA): Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

Ex-situ conservation: conservation outside of the natural habitat – “out of place”

In situ conservation: situated in the original, natural, or existing place or position – “in place”

Species Survival Plan (SSP): The basis of this program is to maintain genetically diverse, long-term, self-sustaining captive populations as a safeguard against extinction. In addition it helps to provide information that may be essential to conservation in the wild. SSP programs require more intensive management accompanied by conservation action. A variety of criteria are considered when identifying a species for an SSP. Sedgwick County Zoo uses the following icon to indicate that the species has a Species Survival Plan.

Studbooks: An AZA Studbook dynamically documents the pedigree and entire demographic history of each individual in a population of species. There are currently over 450 AZA Regional Studbooks and over 30 International Studbooks that AZA Studbook Keepers are responsible for keeping and coordinating.

Taxon: a taxonomic category, as a species or genus.

Taxa: plural of taxon

Taxon Advisory Groups (TAG): The mission of an AZA Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) is to examine the conservation needs of an entire taxa, and to develop recommendations for population management and conservation based upon the needs of the species. TAGs are responsible for developing an action plan that identifies essential goals, scientific investigations, and conservation initiatives needed to best serve ex situ and in situ populations.

Management Programs at Sedgwick County Zoo

The following is a list of animals that Sedgwick County Zoo currently has and what level of management they are designated for. The list is a simple one and does not have a great deal of detail. The animals noted on this list and the “groups” or scientific taxa (Taxon Advisor Group a.k.a. - TAGS) are represented by someone on the staff. There are many species that we have, which are not on this list, that still received some level of management in that they are a species that is recommended by a TAG to be living and monitored in AZA zoos and aquariums.

For example: King cobra is not listed specifically in this list but it is a species that is in the Snake TAG’s list of species that is recommended and is held widely in zoos. The population does not receive intense management because it is not needed but the individuals on the Snake TAG monitor the population. In a nutshell there are many species not listed here but we still monitor them.

Program Name

  • Alligator Chinese SSP
  • Amphibian TAG
  • Anseriformes TAG
  • Antelope and Giraffe TAG
  • Ape TAG
  • Aracari Green SSP
  • Baboon Hamadryas SSP
  • Bat TAG
  • Bear Andean Spectacled SSP
  • Bear TAG
  • Bison Buffalo Cattle TAG
  • Bluebird Fairy SSP
  • Boa Virgin Islands (Caya Diablo) Studbook
  • Boa Virgin Islands (St. Thomas) Studbook
  • Bongo Eastern SSP
  • Bustard Kori SSP
  • Canid and Hyaenid TAG
  • Caprinae TAG
  • Cassowary Southern SSP
  • Charadriiformes TAG
  • Chelonian TAG
  • Chimpanzee SSP
  • Ciconiiformes and Phoenicopteriformes TAG
  • Cockatoo Palm Studbook
  • Colobus Angolan SSP
  • Colobus Guereza SSP
  • Columbiformes TAG
  • Condor Andean SSP
  • Conure Golden SSP
  • Coraciiformes TAG
  • Crake Black Studbook
  • Crane Black Crowned SSP
  • Crane Demoiselle SSP
  • Crane Hooded Studbook
  • Crocodilian TAG
  • Deer (Cervid/Tragulid) TAG
  • Dog African Painted SSP
  • Dove Beautiful Fruit SSP
  • Dove Black-Naped Fruit SSP
  • Dove Jambu Fruit SSP
  • Dove Luzon Bleeding Heart SSP
  • Dove Mariana Fruit SSP
  • Dragon Komodo SSP
  • Elephant SSP
  • Elephant TAG
  • Equid TAG
  • Felid TAG
  • Flamingo Caribbean SSP
  • Flamingo Greater SSP
  • Freshwater Fishes TAG
  • Frog Panamanian Golden SSP
  • Frogmouth Tawny SSP
  • Galliformes TAG
  • Gazelle Slender-Horned SSP
  • Goose Indian Pygmy SSP
  • Gorilla Western SSP
  • Gruiformes TAG
  • Guenon Wolf Studbook
  • Heron Boat-Billed SSP
  • Honeyeater Blue-Faced SSP
  • Hornbill Sunda (Wrinkled) SSP
  • Ibis Scarlet SSP
  • Iguana Grand Cayman Blue (Rock) Iguana
  • Iguana Jamaican (Rock) Studbook
  • Jaguar SSP
  • Kookaburra Laughing SSP
  • Lapwing Masked SSP
  • Leiothrix Red-Billed SSP
  • Lemur Black and White Ruffed SSP
  • Lemur Black Studbook
  • Lemur Blue- Eyed Black Studbook
  • Lemur Brown Studbook
  • Lemur Collared Studbook
  • Lemur Crowned Studbook
  • Lemur Mongoose SSP
  • Lemur Red Ruffed SSP
  • Lemur Red-Bellied Studbook
  • Lemur Red-Fronted Studbook
  • Lemur Ring-Tailed SSP
  • Lemur Sanford's Studbook
  • Lemur White-Collared Studbook
  • Lemur White-Fronted Studbook
  • Lion SSP
  • Lizard Chinese Crocodile SSP
  • Lizard Rio Fuerte Beaded SSP
  • Lizard TAG
  • Macaw Blue-Throated SSP
  • Macaw Hyacinth SSP
  • Macaw Red-Fronted Studbook
  • Mandrill SSP
  • Marsupial and Monotreme TAG
  • Monkey Allen's Swamp SSP
  • Monkey DeBrazza's SSP
  • Monkey Diana Studbook
  • Monkey Lesser Spot-Nosed Studbook
  • Monkey Patas SSP
  • Monkey Schmidt's Red-Tailed Studbook
  • Motmot Blue Crowned SSP
  • New World Primate TAG
  • Okapi SSP
  • Old World Monkey TAG
  • Orangutan Bornean SSP
  • Orangutan Sumatran SSP
  • Oropendola Crested SSP
  • Oryx Arabian SSP
  • Owl Burrowing SSP
  • PACCT TAG (Passerines)
  • Panda Red SSP
  • Pangolin Aardvark Xenarthra TAG
  • Parrot Thick Billed SSP
  • Parrot TAG
  • Peccary Chacoan SSP
  • Pelecaniformes TAG
  • Penguin Humboldt SSP
  • Penguin TAG
  • Piciformes TAG
  • Pigeon Green-Naped Pheasant SSP
  • Pigeon Nicobar SSP
  • Pigeon Victorian Crowned SSP
  • Prosimian TAG
  • Rail Guam SSP
  • Raptor TAG
  • Ratite and Tinamiformes TAG
  • Rhinoceros Eastern Black SSP
  • Rhinoceros TAG
  • Roadrunner Greater SSP
  • Rodent Insectivore Lagomorph TAG
  • Salamander Texas Blind Cave SSP
  • Screamer Crested SSP
  • Seriema Red-Legged SSP
  • Small Carnivore TAG
  • Snake TAG
  • Spoonbill Roseate SSP
  • Starling Golden-Breasted SSP
  • Stingray White-Blotched River SSP
  • Stork European White SSP
  • Stork Marabou SSP
  • Stork Saddle-Billed SSP
  • Sunbittern SSP
  • Tamarin Golden Lion SSP
  • Tamarin Golden-Headed Lion SSP
  • Tanager Turquoise SSP
  • Tapir Baird's (Central American) Studbook
  • Tapir Malayan (Asian) Studbook
  • Tapir TAG
  • Tern Inca SSP
  • Terrestrial Invertebrate TAG
  • Tiger Amur SSP
  • Tiger Generic SSP
  • Tiger Malayan SSP
  • Tiger Sumatran SSP
  • Toad Puerto Rican Crested SSP
  • Tortoise Egyptian SSP
  • Tortoise Madagascar Spider SSP
  • Tortoise Radiated SSP
  • Tree Kangaroo Matschie's SSP
  • Turaco and Cuckoo TAG
  • Turtle Black-Breasted Leaf SSP
  • Viper Armenian Studbook
  • Vulture King SSP
  • Wild Pig Peccary and Hippo TAG
  • Wolf Maned SSP
  • Wolf Mexican Gray SSP
  • Zebra Grevy's SSP
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 10, 2016 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).