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The Henry Vilas Zoo works with a networks of AZA zoos and other facilities to participate actively in the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program.

Participating zoos and aquariums like the Henry Vilas Zoo collaborate together to ensure that the management of individual animals makes sense for the conservation of the species as a whole. Species Survival Plans (SSP) cooperatively manage specific, usually threatened or endangered, species populations in AZA-accredited facilities by:

•    Breeding to ensure healthy, genetically strong captive populations for generations to come
•    Advancing the care of captive populations
•    Engaging in research to help learn more about species and their care
•    Educating the public about critical wildlife conservation issues
•    Significantly contributing to field conservation efforts, species recovery, habitat protection and restoration, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, and establishment of assurance populations

Amur tiger, African lion, white rhino, polar bear, red panda, and many more species at the zoo are managed at the Henry Vilas Zoo in collaboration with AZA Species Survival Plans. Keep an eye out on your visit - SSP species are identified on their exhibit signs at the zoo.

For more information about the AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program, please visit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums full description of the program.